Ivanka announces efforts to avoid ethics critics over new book

Ivanka Trump refers to her new book as a “personal project” and hopes that it empowers women.  She won’t be promoting the book on tour or in the media, however.  Citing caution and government ethics rules, she wishes to “avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book.”
The first daughter /White House special counselor made the announcement via a Facebook post on Thursday.  The post talks about the book, “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success,” her decision regarding ethics and her plans for the proceeds.

Trump writes that she will be using any success from the book to benefit charity.  She writes:

In order to extend the reach of those who will benefit from this book, I have established the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund to receive the unpaid portion of my advance and future royalties received from Women Who Work and to make grants to charitable organizations that support the economic empowerment for women and girls.

The Fund will make $100,000 grants to The National Urban League and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

The National Urban League grant will help to create a new Women’s Initiative addition to their Entrepreneurship Center Program.  Trump says it will “focus on giving women the mentorship and tools they need to start and grow successful businesses and achieve economic self-sufficiency.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America grant will benefit the organization’s national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program “for girls and underrepresented youth.”

Ivanka Trump signed the deal for the book before her father became President of the United States.  In her post, she explains, “I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November.”

Now that she is special counselor to the president, her role comes with rules about ethics. Not only does her role change the way she can promote her book, but she also pulled away from any dealings with her company’s trademarks after conflict of interest concerns were voiced over the Chinese governments approval of three new trademarks.  The deal was made around the same time that Chinese President Xi Jinping was visiting the U.S. and staying at Mar-a-Lago.

“Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success” is Ivank a Trump’s second book.  Her first book, “The Trump Card” was published in 2009.  It describes her life as the daughter of the famous, successful businessman Donald Trump.

According to Ivanka, her new book attempts to give readers “the best advice, tips and skills I’ve learned over the years from many incredible people, on subjects including identifying opportunities, leading teams, starting companies, managing work and family, and building cultures where multidimensional women can thrive—now and in the future.”

H/T: The Hill

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