Ivanka makes decision on West Wing job following ethics questions

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The first daughter will officially join the Trump administration as an unpaid employee after her intention to serve in a more informal capacity drew questions from ethics experts.

On Wednesday, Ivanka Trump announced that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House, noting that she had “heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity.” She said that she has been “working in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”

According to a White House official, Ivanka Trump’s title will be Assistant to the President.

The White House released a statement which said it was “pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as First Daughter and in support of the President.”

Ethics experts criticized Trump’s recent announcement that she would be getting an office in the West Wing and acquiring a security clearance, but would not officially join the administration.

Last week, White House counsel Don McGahn received a letter from several attorneys and government watchdog leaders requesting that he reconsider his approval of Ivanka Trump serving in the administration without becoming an official government employee. An official designation requires adherence to an array of transparency and ethical rules, including a law against conflicts of interest.

H/T: The Washington Times

 

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