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No official title?

Ivanka Trump given office in the West Wing, raising ethical concerns

By WITW Staff on March 21, 2017

Since her father won the election, Ivanka Trump has claimed that she has no intention of taking on a formal role in the administration. And while that may be true, there is copious evidence to suggest that Trump plans to be intimately involved in her father’s governance. The first daughter has already taken part a number of important meetings with foreign heads of state, which some say she had no business attending.  

Now, Politico reports, Trump has been given an office in the West Wing. She has also applied for security clearances that will give her access to classified intelligence, and will soon receive government-issued security devices. But technically, she is not a government employee.

Trump has settled into a space next to senior adviser and National Security Council member Dina Powell. Jamie Gorelick said that Trump will serve as her father’s “eyes and ears” while advising him on a range of policy issues. She will not hold an official title or receive a salary.

This arrangement is unprecedented, and it has raised eyebrows. Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have sold more than $36 million in assets, and Trump has divested from common stock, tech investments, and investment funds to comply with ethics rules. But she still owns her fashion and jewelry brands, and plans to release a new book this year.

Ethicists worry that these business entanglements will present a conflict of interest for Trump. Since she holds no title, however, she is not subject to the standard ethics rules that apply to White House advisers. In a statement, Trump said that she “will voluntarily follow all of the ethics rules placed on government employees,” but that has done little to allay the concerns sparked by her encroachment on the White House.

“The better thing to do would be to concede she is subject to the rules,” ethicist Norm Eisen told Politico. “[I]f she can voluntarily subject herself to the rules, she can voluntarily un-subject herself to the rules.”

Read the full story at Politico.


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