Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s second eldest child and his first girl, is a businesswoman in her own right, owning her own fashion company, (which has recently faced some problems of its own). She has stepped into a job in the West Wing in an office right above the President’s. The only problem is that her position has no formal title. Ivanka Trump became an official government employee as of Wednesday March, 29. She has received an office in the West Wing, security clearance, and government communications devices, according to an article published by Eli Watkins on CNN politics.
Ivanka Trump’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, spoke on this matter stating that her role will, “continue to be the eyes and ears of her father and provide candid advice as she has for her entire adult life.” In addition he also stated, “She is intending to spend more time on initiatives that she cares about, particular with regard to women”. Ivanka Trump has also been seen in meetings with very important people such as key cabinet members, and world leaders. For example back in mid February Ivanka Trump tweeted a picture of her father and Justin Trudeau (Canadian Prime Minister) in a meeting, tweeting, “A great discussion with two world leaders about the importance of women having a seat at the table!”
Some conflicts of interest have already occurred with Ivanka’s fashion business, even though she’s taking a leave of absence from her fashion company since her father won the presidency. For example, Kellyanne Connaway, Donald Trump’s previous campaign manager and current senior aide, publicly endorsed Ivanka’s clothing line on national television, saying to “Go buy her stuff,” after the recent controversy surrounding Nordstrom and other department stores dropping Ivanka’s clothing line. This in itself is breaking a law. As a government employee, you cannot promote a private company. Conneway has faced backlash for abusing a government office and promoting a private company. But she has not been seriously reprimanded, it has just more been criticism from the media.
Some additional conflicts of interest have also occurred. The topic of nepotism has came up. When Donald Trump won the presidential race in a 60 Minutes interview Ivanka stated that she would indeed move to Washington but she would not assume a role in the administration; she said she would “only be a daughter.” In addition, her husband has a role in the administration as a senior aide. Many people feel as if they are really staying true to the phrase “keep it in the family.” A problem similar to this occurred when Bill Clinton was in office and he put the first lady as head of a health care task force. Many people felt as if this was in violation nepotism law, passed in 1967, that says no public official — from the President down to a low-level manager at a federal agency — may hire or promote a relative. But back when this happened a Supreme Court justice ruled that this does not apply to White House positions.
Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House, as uncertain it is, it is a true milestone for first children. Never before has there been such an involvement of the President’s children in the administration like the Trumps. While people view Ivanka’s position in different lights as positive and negative, she certainly is unlike any other first child.
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