The Morning Brew: Ivanka Trump, White House force
It's Monday. Sip a little coffee and get caught up on the Ivanka factor.
Ivanka Trump, White House force
For her role, the daughter of the president acknowledges, there is no playbook.
Ivanka Trump is set to receive security clearance and a West Wing office, not to mention her dad President Donald Trump's ear.
According to Politico, she won't be paid a salary or sworn in.
She won't, The Associated Press reports, be an employee.
That has some government watchdogs concerned, worried she'll have a loophole on ethics provisions and laws if she mixes business and government policy.
Even so, a sort-of similar scenario has come up before. Anyone remember 1993?
One of the most politically active close relatives of a sitting president was Hillary Clinton. And she successfully fought to be considered a federal employee because of the privacy benefits it involves.
A June 1993 ruling by a federal appeals court enabled Clinton to keep secret the details of the health care reform panel that she led.
Ivanka Trump is choosing to be in a less formal role than her husband, Jared Kushner, who is a senior adviser to the president and, as an employee, must follow the rules.
She has relinquished control of her brand but, like her father, continues to own and financially benefit from her businesses. She will "voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not," her attorney Jamie Gorelick said this week.
Politico reported that Ivanka Trump retains ownership of her fashion and jewelry brand, though she stepped down from her position after her Dad's inauguration. A book called "Women Who Work" is due out in May. Of her duties at the White House, she said in a statement:
"I will continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life,” Trump said in a statement. “While there is no modern precedent for an adult child of the president, I will voluntarily follow all of the ethics rules placed on government employees."
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