Ivanka Trump is the second eldest child of current President of the United States, Donald Trump. The thirty five year old married mother of three, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Ivanka has appeared on reality television shows such as The Apprentice and owns a clothing line in her name.
As of late March 2017, Ivanka began working in the White House as an “unpaid assistant to the President”. This new development comes two months after her father was sworn in and her husband, Jared Kushner, began working as his senior advisor in January 2017. Though he has limited experience in the political arena, he however, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government. On the other hand, although Ivanka has also achieved university level education, she is not suitably qualified or experienced to advise the President of the United States on key matters related to the smooth running of a country.
As the assistant to the president, Ivanka Trump will be working in the West Wing of the White House, where she will be given security clearance and communication devices by the Government. She will also have access to classified information related to National Security. Commonly referred to as Donald Trump’s favorite, she will be the “eyes and ears” of her father and will be working on matters that are dear to her, such as those related to women in the workplace. She is expected to abide by all federal rules and regulations regarding ethics and to maintain confidentiality at all times. However, her recent appointments bring many legal and ethical issues into focus, such as nepotism.
According to Daniel Koffsky of the Justice Department, Ivanka Trump’s appointment does not violate any anti nepotism laws and can allow a relative to work for him/her unofficially. “ A President wanting a relative’s advise on governmental matters therefore has a choice: to seek that advice on an unofficial, ad hoc basis without conferring the status and imposing the responsibilities that accompany formal White House positions,” he said.
However, it is clear that Trump only trusts close family relations to work with him or handle business affairs, as his two sons, Eric and Donald Jr, are now running the Trump organization during his presidency. This is understandable as politics can be a tricky field and naturally anyone would like to have their close confidants in their inner circle. Unfortunately, many are still left uncomfortable with the knowledge that his daughter will be working so closely with him and so, naturally will remain loyal to him and work in his best interests. This could prove to be a conflict if, for example, the two have differences of opinion regarding state matters. What would happen then?
Ivana Trump, now aware of the speculations decided to address the issue."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,” she said. Jason Miller, who also served on Trump’s presidential campaign, reiterated her statement, saying that she is “working for free, volunteering her time and effort for the good of the country.”
It is clear to us that Trump has selectively chosen his team of advisors and legally so. The electorate will simply have to watch as this unfolds and hope that this new arrangement only works to the benefit of the people of America.