First daughter Ivanka Trump under fire after announcement of new White House role

Critics are speaking out about Ivanka Trump's new, informal White House role which will reportedly involve a West Wing office and security clearance.

Despite assurances from Ivanka Trump and her attorney that she would comply with government ethics rules, a Washington Post op-ed by Harvard Law Review editor Helen Klein Murillo and Brookings Institution national security fellow Susan Hennessey states that "the very nature of her proposed role breaches ethical standards to which previous administrations have adhered for generations."

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Ivanka Trump listens during introductions before a meeting with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Donald Trump and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House for talks expected to focus on their differences over NATO, Russia, global trade and a host of other issues. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (L) and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (2L) wait for a meeting with US President Donald Trump and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House for talks expected to focus on their differences over NATO, Russia, global trade and a host of other issues. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) speaks with Ivanka Trump during a roundtable discussion on vocational training with United States and German business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. In Merkel's first U.S. visit under the Trump administration, the two leaders discussed strengthening NATO, fighting the Islamic State group, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. (Photo by Pat Benic-Pool/Getty Images)
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Ivanka Trump (R) talk before a meeting with US President Donald Trump and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House for talks expected to focus on their differences over NATO, Russia, global trade and a host of other issues. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Ivanka Trump speak during a roundtable discussion between U.S. President Donald Trump and German and U.S. business leaders on vocational training at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld , Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ivanka Trump participate in a roundtable with U.S. President Donald Trump and German and U.S. business leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L), Ivanka Trump (2L), US Vice President Mike Pence (C), US President Donald Trump (2R) and others wait for a meeting with business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump on Friday welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House for talks expected to focus on their differences over NATO, Russia, global trade and a host of other issues. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, flanked by Ivanka Trump and Schaeffler CEO Klaus Rosenfeld (3rd L), participates in a roundtable with U.S. President Donald Trump and German and U.S. business leaders at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Ivanka Trump arrives to attend a joint news conference by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: (AFP OUT) German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), with Ivanka Trump (left center), speaks during a roundtable discussion on vocational training with United States and German business leaders lead by President Donald Trump (not seen) in the Cabinet Room of the White House on March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. In Merkel's first U.S. visit under the Trump administration, the two leaders discussed strengthening NATO, fighting the Islamic State group, and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. (Photo by Pat Benic-Pool/Getty Images)
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According to them, "...her undisclosed financial entanglements raise the specter of decision making based on individual or financial gain, rather than in the national interest."

For example, while Ivanka has distanced herself from her eponymous line of products, she still owns the company, notes Politico.

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Nevertheless, they admit that her new role is likely legal despite a federal law prohibiting nepotism.

This is because its does not typically apply to the president's choice of advisers which is one reason Trump was able to hire his son-in-law, Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner.

Meanwhile, Vox points to the first daughter's lack of experience, saying, "Her appointment is pure nepotism: There is nothing on her résumé that suggests Ivanka Trump is qualified, by any traditional definition of the term, to advise the president of the United States."

Politico notes that this may be one reason observers were reportedly puzzled over her seating placement directly beside Chancellor Angela Merkel during the German leader's recent White House visit.

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