The President’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, will soon work inside a West Wing office where she’ll have access to classified information.
President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, is set to get her own office to work inside the West Wing in the White House.
As CNN reports, the administration made the announcement on Monday. Although she will not be a government employee, she'll seek clearance and be provided with a government communication device.
Ivanka Trump, who serves as one of her father's advisors, assisted her father on the campaign trail.
Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Ivanka Trump, released a statement that said, "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.”
As the Associated Press reports, federal anti-nepotism laws prevent relatives from being appointed to government positions, but as private citizens they can advise the president, which is what Gorelick says Ivanka Trump would do.
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Just last month, Ivanka Trump’s jewelry line was amidst a scandal as White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway endorsed her products on a Fox & Friends segment that led to many ethical concerns.
“This is just a wonderful line… I own some of it. I fully — I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online,” Conway said.
Shortly after, the director of the Office of Government Ethics stated that Conway’s comments were in “clear violation” of rules against the misuse of an official position.
Just earlier this week, it was announced that the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, is expected to oversee the Justice Department’s civil division. The president tapping George T. Conway III, a New York City lawyer, as the lead defender of the President is what The New York Times has called a “family affair for the Conways.”
Bernadette Meehan, a former Foreign Service Officer and spokesperson for the Obama administration’s National Security Council wrote about his frustrations with the administration's recent conflict of interest on Twitter.
“I had a security clearance and West Wing office. Ivanka Trump diminishes the value of expertise & hard work it took me and others to get there," Meehan said.
Former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich is one of many who have criticized the decision calling it a “coup” before the President “loots the country.”
"Doesn’t the Trump administration have enough ethics problems? Aren’t there already enough conflicts of interest to sink a ship?" Reich said.