Ivanka Trump gets new White House title

First daughter Ivanka Trump will become a federal employee as assistant to the president, the White House announced on Wednesday.

But that changed Wednesday, when the Trump administration announced that the president's daughter would, in fact, become an official, unpaid adviser to the White House. Taking a government spot will require more stringent ethics rules.

Now that she's accepted an official position as "special assistant to the president", Ivanka Trump will be accountable to the rules and regulations that ensure federal employees are working for the national interest, rather than in the interest of their own familial or business interests.

As the White House put it, Ivanka's decision to serve as an unpaid employee will expand 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".

"I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules".

Ivanka Trump's personal spokeswoman did not immediately respond to CNBC's request to comment. That unofficial role drew criticism over potential conflicts of interest and ethics violations.

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Fred Wertheimer, president of the government watchdog group Democracy 21 and a co-writer of the letter to McGahn, said he commended Ivanka Trump for formalizing her status.

The federal workforce officially has a new, high profile employee: Ivanka Trump.

On Friday, she attended a round-table discussion at the White House with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not", Gorelick told the outlet.

That law authorizes the President to appoint "employees in the White House office without regard to any other provision of law regulating the employment or compensation of persons in the government service".

"Having an adult child of the president who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground", the lawyer was quoted as saying.

Clark and Painter said that Ivanka is not technically required to divest from her company, but she should recuse herself from matters that could impact her economic positions, her company or her husband's businesses.

  • Zachary Reyes