30 March 2017
U.S. First Daughter, Ivanka Trump, has accepted White House offer to serve as an unpaid employee with the title Assistant to the President.
In a statement, the White House said it was “pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter”.
Ms Trump, 35, said in her statement that she had been “working in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role”.
Ethics experts cried foul when it emerged last week that Ms Trump was to be given a West Wing office and security clearance, without formally joining the administration.
Critics said Ms. Trump’s role ought to be made official so she could be bound by federal employee transparency and ethical standards, including a law prohibiting conflicts of interest.
Ms. Trump’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, said her client will file the necessary financial disclosures and be subject to official ethics rules.
Ms Trump is also aware experts are very much against her informal role as she said she had “heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity”.