Ivanka's Move to the West Wing

Cheryl Sanders
April 2, 2017

The President will ask for a security clearance and government-owned devices for Ivanka Trump's used, a White House official told CNN.

Her new office will be located on the West Wing's second floor next to senior adviser Dina Powell, who was promoted to a position on the National Security Council.

Reports state that although the 35-year-old will hold no official title in Trump's administration, she will soon get access to classified information. Instead, Gorelick said, she will serve as President Trump's "eyes and ears", offering advice to her father.

While Ivanka has been by her father's side and acting as an unofficial adviser since he took office, the move to give her an office and provide her with security clearance has raised eyebrows as well as ethical concerns.

Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, is already employed as a senior adviser to the president. Moreover, not becoming an official employee raises the specter she might not follow the same ethics rules as other White House staff, though she would have a near-identical role.

A spokeswoman for Ms Trump told Politico her role was signed off on by the White House counsel's office and that the conflict issues were "worked through" with the office of government ethics.

Trump's eldest daughter is considered a close confidante of the president and is said to have considerable influence over her father. "She has the conflicts that derive from the ownership of this brand". "She's taken these steps with the advice of counsel and in consultation with the office of government ethics".

"They're not saying she's going to voluntarily subject herself to ethics rules to be nice", said Norm Eisen, the former ethics czar under Obama.

US President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka walk to board Marine One at the White House on 1 February 2017.

A popular surrogate for her father on the campaign trail, she moved her young family to Washington at the start of the administration and signalled plans to work on economic issues, like maternity leave and child care. Although she stepped down from her post at her fashion and jewellery brand but she still owns the company.

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