Will Ivanka Trump Live In The White House? The Soon-To-Be First Daughter's Role Is Still Tentative
Despite projections that Donald Trump will ultimately lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, he won well over the 270 electoral votes he needed to win the election and the White House. Since Election Day, President-elect Trump, his wife Melania, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and others on Trump's transition team have met with White House officials to begin the transition process. During this time, there have been questions about what role Trump's older children will play in his administration, though Ivanka previously ruled out entering the government.
At the moment, it seems unlikely that Trump's older children would live in the White House. CBS News reported that for now, Trump plans to move to D.C. with Melania and their 10-year-old son, Barron, though his adult children are expected to visit frequently. However, Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner became trusted advisers during Trump's campaign, and Trump suggested to Jacksonville, Florida, news station First Coast News back in August that his supporters would love to see Ivanka in his cabinet.
Adding to the confusion about his children's roles in a Trump administration has been the matter of Trump's business empire. On the campaign trail, Trump confirmed that his children would run the Trump Organization — where Ivanka already has an Executive Vice President role — if he were to take office, but he has also suggested that he would put his holdings in a blind trust to avoid a conflict of interest. However, these two different plans appear to be at odds with one another, as George Stephanopoulos pointed out during the campaign.
The matter is even further complicated by the fact that Ivanka and her brothers Eric and Donald Jr. are part of their father's transition team, meaning it probably would not be possible to maintain a blind trust if they are also running Trump's business. It is clear, however, that Trump wants his children to stay involved in his administration even if they do not end up working for him or living in the White House.
There has been speculation, too, that Ivanka will take on some aspects of the First Lady role when her father and Melania move into the White House — particularly the public speaking component. On the campaign trail, Ivanka delivered a number of speeches on her father's behalf, and it is likely after Melania's alleged plagiarism at the Republican National Convention that she will continue to do so when Trump is president.
While Trump's children's roles — or lack thereof — in his administration have yet to be finalized, one thing is certain: The Trump family's unorthodox positioning will continue to raise new questions about what it means to be an outsider in the White House.