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FILE - In this March 28, 2017 file photo, Ivanka Trump speaks at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. Ivanka Trump announced Wednesday, March 29, 2017, that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House. She said she has “heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Ivanka Trump will become a federal employee as assistant to the president


President Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, will become an official government employee, the New York Times reported. The news surfaced more than a week after she had received an office in the West Wing and access to classified information as an informal adviser to her father.

That plan, however, drew scrutiny from ethics experts who said it would allow her to avoid certain rules and disclosures.

“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,” Ms. Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.

Her new title will be assistant to the president.

“We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as the first daughter and in support of the president,” a spokeswoman for the president said in an email. “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.”

Ms. Trump's lawyer said the shift in roles stemmed from "her commitment to compliance with federal ethics standards and her openness to opposing points of view.”


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