- Ivanka Trump has officially decided to become a government employee. But, she won’t be getting paid for it.
The eldest daughter of President Trump is a long-time confidant of her father’s. She already has an office in the White House’s West Wing that she decorated to share with her step-mother, First Lady Melania Trump.
Now, the First Daughter has made the choice to become an official unpaid employee of the United States government. Her job will be to “answer ethics concerns.”
Her decision comes after concerns were raised by experts about conflicts of interest that could potentially her the presidency. She currently owns her own clothing company and works in other areas of the private sector. This could potentially conflict with her roles at the White House.
Ivanka Trump says she’s heard the concerns people seem to have about her being an advisor to the President. She says it’s always done on her own “personal capacity,” while complying with all rules related to ethics voluntarily.
Now, she plans to act as an official employee, unpaid, in the White House Office. This means she’ll now be subject to the same rules and regulations as other federal employees.
“Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”
Her new title: Special assistant to the President.
She’d originally planned to remain an unofficial adviser to Trump but reportedly has been ramping up her work there in recent weeks, including applying for a security clearance. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is already on staff as a senior adviser.
That setup had raised concern from Democrats.
“Ms. Trump’s increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role, her potential conflicts of interest, and her commitment to voluntarily comply with relevant ethics and conflict of interest laws have resulted in substantial confusion,” Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) said in a joint letter to the Office of Government Ethics earlier on Wednesday.
Putting her on the payroll (without pay) means she’ll file financial disclosure forms and be required to abide by federal ethics rules.
The White House said in a statement that her move “furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency, and compliance and affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously.”