WASHINGTON, March 230, 2017 – The White House announced that Ivanka Trump is now an employee of the U.S. government and will now serve as assistant to the president. This announcement comes after rumors circulated that she would have an office in the West Wing.
Trump will take no pay, a move similar to what President Donald Trump has done and now joins her husband as an unpaid adviser to President Trump. Ms. Trump released a statement after receiving criticism from ethics experts.
“I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules 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,” she said.
Ivanka Trump’s official title will be assistant to the president, while her husband, Jared Kushner’s title is senior adviser to the President. Ivanka has filed financial disclosure forms that are required of all federal employees and will be bound by the same ethics rules.
Prior to becoming an official part of the administration, Trump has advocated for wage equality, childcare, education and creating more opportunities for women. This is the first time since Eisenhower when the child of a president worked for their father in the White House.
Her past business experience, and philanthropic endeavors make her a more than qualified addition to the White House staff, according to Karl Rove on Fox News this morning.
Trump has encouraged her father to not take certain actions, including rolling back Obama presidential protections for LGBT Americans. Ivanka has mostly exercised her influence largely behind the scenes but has also become visible, hosting events that highlight the Trump’s commitment to women in the workplace.
Ms. Trump’s new role appears to be a launching pad to a possible future run for political office, possibly a Senate run in New York.
And that exposure is causing a California clothing company to call unfair, saying she has an advantage because of her high-end visibility. San Francisco-based fashion boutique, Modern Appealing Clothing (MAC) has filed a class action lawsuit against Ivanka’s company saying, in effect, that consumers are going to rush to buy her brand, over theirs, because her father is president. “President Donald J Trump and his individual and White House employees and agents have since the elections promoted defendant Ivanka Trump brand by exploiting the power and prestige of the White House.”
The line has seen an increase in sales since President Trump took office, however, that may have more to do with media promoting stories that large retailers are banning the line from their stores and loyal Trump supporters response, along with many opthers learning anew about the moderate prices luxury clothing and jewelry line due to the non-stop coverage of accusations against the first daughter and her business.