Despite previously stating that she would not take on an official role in her father’s administration, Ivanka Trump is now moving into an advisory position in the White House. According to many news outlets and pinion columns, including CNN, Politico (who broke the news) and Vanity Fair, this is more than a little troubling.
The new move grants Ivanka security clearance, access to classified information and a government-issued handheld device. Despite not receiving an official title or salary, Ivanka has been formally placed at the center of her father’s administration. Ivanka’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick says,
“Having an adult child of the President who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground. 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
… she plans to adhere to the same ethics and records retention rules that apply to government employees, even though she is not technically an employee.”
Ivanka’s key role in her father’s White House comes as no surprise to anyone. Ivanka said she would
“continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life.”
As one of the most powerful first daughters the country has ever seen, Ivanka is ready to rule Trump’s America but despite selling $36.7 million in assets to comply with ethics rules, still owns her clothing and jewelry brand.
Anushay Hossain writes on CNN.com,
“It is time for us to openly acknowledge that Ivanka is not a better version, but just a less offensive version of her father, his policies and his interests. As ‘Saturday Night Live’ so brilliantly parodied, she is “a woman who knows what she wants. And knows what she’s doing. Complicit.”
And Emily Jane Fox writes on The Hive for Vanity Fair,
“By all appearances, Ivanka looks and acts like a White House employee—and a very high-ranking, privileged one at that. Few staffers have been invited to so many key meetings, seated in consequential positions, and photographed at the president’s desk. Even fewer are publicly praised by their boss or get to travel with him on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago. No one besides her husband enjoys that sort of access in this particularly unstable, insecure West Wing. If anything, the Trumps only made official what was already official: the president is running the country like a banana republic…
She is still choosing to not officially take a position as a government employee, though she previously worked as her father’s employee for a decade in Trump Tower. The source close to her explained that this is so she can continue to offer an independent view to her father. By not taking an official role, she is also not subject to the kind of ethics rules and standards White House employees, like Kushner, have to comply with.”
Ivanka being at the side of the POTUS, without any official title, inside the West Wing SHOULD worry us all. And at the same time, if you look at her Instagram feed, where these pics are taken from, it all kinda looks like one big photo-opp, dress-up, let’s play “White House”, to me.
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