Ivanka Gets a West Wing Office, Classified Security Clearance & Isn’t Even Working for the Administration
Ivanka Trump, who is not serving the American people as a member of her father’s presidential cabinet, nor is she a government employee in any capacity; and yet she will “maintain a West Wing office”.
According to Ivanka’s attorney and ethics adviser, her “West Wing office, government issued communications devices and security clearance access to classified information” will be standard issue as is the case with any government employee – except that “the first daughter will not have an official title” or role.
Ivanka’s attorney explained it is “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.”
Apparently White House Counsel Don McGahn agrees that Ivanka, while not being an employee of the government, should be given the same amenities as if she were one.
One of the serious conflicts of interest Ivanka’s new “position” poses centers on using the presidency for profit.
Journalist Rachel Abrams points out that while Ivanka “handed over day-to-day control of her company to her top executive, Abigail Klem, and transferred its assets to a new trust overseen by relatives of her husband”, the particulars of this agreement “have not been disclosed” which causes concerns over how much control Ivanka still has “over the brand that bears her name”.
Based on information provided by Ivanka’s attorney, she is “the sole beneficiary” of a trust she set up called the Ivanka M. Trump Business Trust.
In addition, Ivanka “will no longer appear in advertisements” for her company, and has “separated her business and personal social media accounts.”
And while this sounds like a clean break, Ivanka will continue to “receive regular financial reports on her company” and her husband, Jared Kushner, and her sister-in-law were both named as trustees so there is no separation of Ivanka from her company.
As for her role in the White House, Ivanka has mysteriously been present during major administration meetings with heads of state, even before the announcement of an office for her in the West Wing.
She was there alongside her father during a visit of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to Trump Tower while her company was seeking to close a deal with a bank owned by the Japanese government.
Ivanka was present during a vocational training meeting involving Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel , and was present during discussions at the White House involving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – caught on camera sitting next to the Canadian leader.
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