Ivanka Trump Will Become A Federal Employee After Criticism About Her “Informal” Role
Breaking with her formerly unofficial role, the New York Times reported that Ivanka Trump is becoming a federal employee, and will join her husband Jared Kushner as an unpaid employee of Donald Trump's administration. The announcement of Ivanka's official role came after ethics criticisms following news that she was serving as an unofficial adviser to Trump and would have access to classified information without technically being a government employee. During that time, Ivanka had an office in the West Wing.
According to the Times, Ivanka's title will be special assistant to the president.
In a statement, Ivanka explained the reason for her move from unofficial adviser to federal employee:
News of Ivanka's official role came a day after reports that Kushner will head the White House Office of American Innovation.
Along with her husband, Ivanka's influence over Trump and in his White House includes roundtable discussions with the German and Canadian heads of state (the former of which invited her to the W20 summit in Berlin) and a school visit with her father and his new Labor Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The White House issued their own statement about Ivanka's newly official role:
NEW: Ivanka Trump becomes *first First Son/Daughter since Eisenhower to work for their president/father in the White House.— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) March 29, 2017
Despite concerns about allegedly unethical hiring in the Trump White House, the Department of Justice ruled shortly after the inauguration that hiring Kushner did not violate anti-nepotism laws. The DOJ's White House legal interpreter Daniel Koffsky told CNN that those laws only apply to appointments to executive agencies, and the White House isn't one of them. He elaborated on the legal reasoning behind the DOJ ruling:
It's unclear as of yet what exactly Ivanka's newly official role will include, but for now, it does appear to be legal according to the DOJ's ruling about her husband.