Ivanka Trump is reportedly getting an office in the White House, but is not assuming an official role.
Ivanka Trump’s office will be on the second floor of the West Wing, Politico reported. She is also reportedly getting security clearance government-issued communications devices.
But her attorney said she will not have an official position in the White House or get a salary.
Instead, she will serve as the president’s “eyes and ears” and give advice, attorney Jamie Gorelick told Politico.
Gorelick also said Ivanka Trump will follow the ethics and records retention rules that government employees adhere to.
“Having an adult child of the president who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground, Gorelick told Politico in an interview Monday.
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.
Trump said in a statement she will continue to give her father “candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life.”
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,” she said.
The arrangement raises questions about possible conflicts of interest.
They’re not saying she’s going to voluntarily subject herself to ethics rules to be nice, said Norm Eisen, the former ethics czar under Obama.
Theres recognition that they’re in very uncertain territory here. The better thing to do would be to concede she is subject to the rules. It would create some outside accountability, because if she can voluntarily subject herself to the rules, she can voluntarily un-subject herself to the rules.
Trump still owns her fashion brand, but she stepped down from her position at the company. Gorelick said, regarding divesting from her business, that “we don’t believe it eliminates conflicts in every way.”
She has the conflicts that derive from the ownership of this brand,” he said.
“Were trying to minimize those to the extent possible.”