Ivanka Trump changes plans, will accept 'unprecedented' official White House role
President Trump's oldest daughter Ivanka Trump has shifted plans and will become an official government employee, joining her father's administration as an unpaid adviser, according to a report by the New York Times.
Plans emerged last week for the former model and business mogul to serve as an informal advisor to the president and to receive her own office in the West Wing. The news prompted backlash and criticism from ethics experts who said it could allow her to avoid some established rules.
The first daughter said she heard the outcry of concerns 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," Trump said in a statement released on Wednesday.
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"Throughout this process, I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role," she continued.
Her official title will be "special assistant to the president."
Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, was appointed by President Trump on Monday to head the White House Office of American Innovation, an agency designed to rework the government using inspiration from the private sector.
A spokeswoman for the president called Ivanka's role "unprecedented," praising the first daughter for supporting her father, the president of the United States.
"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," said the president's spokeswoman in an email.