Ivanka Trump Becomes Unpaid White House Employee

Getty Images Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner

Getty Images Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner

"This arrangement appears created to allow Ms. Trump to avoid the ethics, conflict-of-interest, and other rules that apply to White House employees", wrote Norman L. Eisen and Richard W. Painter, ethics lawyers for former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, respectively, in a letter to White House counsel.

In a statement, she says she was voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, but was aware of the concerns about advising her father in a personal capacity. There were reports that although the 35-year-old had no official title in the White House, she was set to get access to classified information, raising concerns from ethics expert.

Her title will be assistant to the president. She has transferred the companys assets to a new trust overseen by relatives of her husband, Jared Kushner, but she has retained ownership and receives payouts.

US President Donald Trump has appointed eldest daughter, Ivanka, as an unpaid employee in his administration.

When her increased security clearance and West Wing office were announced, Ivanka Trump acknowledged that "there is no modern precedent for an adult child of the president". They wrote: "Ms. Trump's increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role, her potential conflicts of interest, and her commitment to voluntarily comply with relevant ethics and conflict of interest laws have resulted in substantial confusion". She now has a West Wing office, but initially said she'd work with in her father's administration in an informal advising capacity.

Trump's father, President Donald Trump, graduated from Wharton in 1968.

Mr. Trump's daughter has already conducted high-profile meetings and other business for the White House.

An official employee of the government is required to follow various transparency and ethical provisions, including a law that prohibits conflicts of interest.

MS IVANKA TRUMP, on fears that she would be allowed to avoid financial disclosure rules.

She was present when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Washington.

Former President Barack Obama's ethics counsellor, Norman Eisen, told the Associated Press news agency that "for a change in what has largely been an ethics disaster, the White House came to their senses".

"For example, half of her business is based on jewelry, so pretend the administration is weighing an enormous tax on jewelry", Clark said.

In an interview last May with CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell, Trump herself described how she might interact with her father.

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