According to the New York Times, Ivanka Trump will be an official government employee and serve in the White House as an unpaid senior adviser to her father, Donald Trump.
Ivanka, who currently has a West Wing office, initially said she’d work within her father’s administration in an informal advising capacity.
But she appears to have changed her plans after critics pointed out that an informal role would allow her to avoid certain ethics rules and required disclosures that come with serving in the government.
The Times reports that Ivanka Trump will now be
“special assistant to the president.”
Ivanka Trump said:
“I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees.
Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”
“We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as First Daughter and in support of the President,” a White House spokesperson wrote in a statement.
“Ivanka’s service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency, and compliance and affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously,” the spokesperson continued.