Ivanka Trump is officially part of the West Wing…unless she isn’t.
As daughter to the president, and wife of Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Trump, Ivanka will now have an official office right next door to the Oval Office.
Jamie Gorelick, advisor and attorney for Ivanka Trump, stated on Monday that while she will not have an official title, she will get a West Wing office, a government-issued communications device and security clearance to access classified information.
Gorelick said Ivanka Trump would follow all the ethics rules that apply to government employees.
“Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not. The White House Counsel’s Office agrees with that approach.”
Federal laws against nepotism prevent relatives from being appointed to positions within the federal government. But the Justice Department recently said the president’s “special hiring authority” allowed him to appoint his son-in-law (Kushner) to his current advisor role. Gorelick noted that Ivanka will be acting as a “private citizen” who is merely giving advice in a non-official capacity.
She has already started removing herself from her day-to-day responsibilities as a business executive for Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand, foregoing profit sharing from all corporate interests during her time in DC.
Ivanka will instead stay close to her father to try to shape policy decisions on economic issues, maternity leave, and child care.
“I will continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life.”
By choosing to not be a federal employee, Ivanka Trump avoids formal vetting and financial disclosure issues, including contracts and income she receives from foreign entities through any of her businesses or the vast array of Trump companies and corporate subsidiaries.