Ivanka Trump is getting an office in the West Wing of the White House and will have clearance to access classified information, it was announced Monday.
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She will not, however, be on the federal payroll. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is a White House aide to her father.
Although President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter was a very visible presence on the campaign trail, she had a lower-profile role in the first weeks of his administration. During that time, she and her husband, White House adviser Jared Kushner, moved form New York City to Washington, D.C.
Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Ivanka Trump, said she will have a West Wing office, government-issued electronic communications devices and sufficient security clearance to access some classified information.
“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,” said Gorelick. “The White House Counsel’s Office agrees with that approach.”
The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has noted that the president can consult with family members as private citizens. Gorelick said that Ivanka Trump will be doing just that.
Although Ivanka kept a low profile for several weeks, on Friday she participated in a meeting on vocational training that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Ivanka, who was involved in recruiting the U.S. executives attending the session, praised her father’s “commitment to creating millions of jobs” and stressed the need for private investment, noting that “ingenuity, creativity often comes from the determination of the private sector.”
Her presence at that session and her interaction with German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew some comments.
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The German tabloid Bild said Merkel appeared “irritated” to be seated next to Ivanka.