Ivanka Gets White House Office, Security Clearance

But she doesn't have official job, lawyer says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 21, 2017 12:53 AM CDT
Updated Mar 21, 2017 4:33 AM CDT
Ivanka Gets Own West Wing Office
Ivanka Trump,and her husband Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Trump, attend a joint news conference with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday.   (Andrew Harnik)

Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee. Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Ivanka Trump, said Monday that the first daughter will not have an official title or receive a salary, but will get a West Wing office, government-issued communications devices, and security clearance to access classified information, the AP reports. Gorelick says Ivanka Trump will follow the ethics rules that apply to government employees.

Since President Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been a visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, serves as a senior adviser. Her role has already come under scrutiny because there is little precedent for a member of the first family with this kind of influence. "Having an adult child of the president who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground,” Gorelick tells Politico. "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." (Ivanka Trump's clothing brand has had a surge in sales so far this year.)

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