Ivanka Trump will be a special adviser to president
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 10:48
Her move to a coveted West Wing office spurred critics and government watchdogs to raise more concerns about potential conflicts of interest - and to push for her to clarify her role in the White House.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and first daughter Ivanka Trump attend a performance of the musical Come from Away in NY.
"Trump and his individual and White House employees and agents have, since the election, promoted defendant Ivanka Trump's brand by exploiting the power and prestige of the White House", the suit reads.
Unlike Kushner - who is expected to be a central figure in the White House and advised the president against moving forward first with healthcare reform - Ivanka Trump is just doing what she finds interesting, the former Trump adviser said.
"Democracy 21 praises Ms Trump for her decision, which recognises that it would have been wrong for her to function as a White House employee and not be subject to the same rules that apply to other White House employees", he said in a statement.
In a statement cited by the Times, she said she "heard the concerns" about having an informal role and instead made a decision to serve in a position "subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees".
The announcement comes after the First Daughter was criticized for joining the White House in an unofficial capacity.
Earlier on Wednesday, Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren of MA and Tom Carper of DE, sent a letter to Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub information on the first daughter's compliance with federal ethics rules, Politico said. "I don't know that first daughters have any special status", he said.
But she's also taken a hands-off approach on major legislative issues such as healthcare - to the dismay of Republicans and Democrats alike.
A successful businesswoman in her own right, she gave her father a well-received nominating speech at last summer's Republican National Convention.
In the hot seat - Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office.
While Ivanka Trump's portfolio appears fairly circumscribed, Kushner has broadened his. The 35-year-old has pledged to donate all of the proceeds to charity, but she has yet to say where the money will go, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Trump stepped down from her namesake branding and licensing business when her husband joined the administration. "Apparently being the president's daughter". She has sat in the front row of his press conferences alongside political strategist Stephen Bannon and other top White House officials.