First daughter Ivanka Trump is filling an informal role of an unpaid adviser to her father, she announced Wednesday in a statement.
Ivanka, 35, will be serving in the White House alongside her husband Jared Kushner, 36, who will be a senior adviser.
The acceptance of this role has raised controversy, as some have said that Ms. Trump is abusing her power.
Ivanka said in a statement:
“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.”
Ivanka’s lawyer, Jamie S. Gorelick, said that “she will file the financial disclosure forms required of federal employees and be bound by the same ethics rules that she had planned to comply with voluntarily.”
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The decision has also raised criticism from Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who sent a letter questioning Ivanka’s “increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role” to the Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday. The senator wrote that the announcement had “resulted in substantial confusion.”
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Skepticism has also circled around Kushner’s appointment being in violation of federal anti-nepotism laws. In response, the Justice Department wrote a memo in January which stated that the rules did not apply to the White House.
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The White House said Ms. Trump’s choice to serve as an unpaid White House employee will increase her “unprecedented role as first daughter” to include “opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously.”
(H/T The New York Times)