A Woman in Office is Exactly What America Needs Alongside the President
By: Regina E.Romandetti
Socialite, Author, Fashion Mogul and now White house Employee: President Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump as of March 29, 2017 is an unpaid government employee in the White House. Her formal title is Assistant to the President, she will advise him in making ethical decisions for the United States.
This wasn’t a surprise to the American people, Ms. Trump has planned on helping advise her father since he won the polls back in November of 2016. It was said that Ivanka Trump would assume first lady like duties until President Trump’s wife moved to Washington D.C. in June.
This formal position was appointed after two ethics lawyers wrote a letter to Donald McGahn, the white house counsel. According to economist.com, “about the highly unusual and inappropriate arrangement that is being proposed for Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter, to play a formalised role in the White House without being required to comply with the ethics and disclosure requirements that apply to White House employees.”
After this concern became aware, the White House made the announcement of Ms.Trump’s new position. In emailed statement to The New York Times, Ivanka Trump said “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 also said in the email “Throughout the 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 will also be required to use secured communication devices.
Ivanka Trump’s attorney, Jamie S. Gorelick, told CNN via Email that “She will not be his only source of input and insight, obviously, but she may be able to provide insights into the concerns of people whom he [President Trump] might not meet as president.”
Ivanka Trump a native New Yorker graduated cum laude from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics. Having no formal education in Politics, Ms. Trump has supported numerous political campaigns. Ms. Trump has said she is an advocate for women, climate change and the LGBT community.
The time before officially taking the official role, Ms. Trump has advised The President to not go against Obama’s order of protections for the LGBT Americans. If this order was signed it would have revoked rights for the LGBT in the workplace.
Ms. Trump is also an advocate for women’s rights. She has already helped The President in setting a policy proposal to provide paid maternity leave. Also, making child care expenses tax deductible for families.
Ms. Trump, like her father, had to relinquish business ties in order to fully focus on their careers in the White House. Ms. Trump’s fashion line which includes clothes, shoes and accessories is managed by the company president.
It’s not uncommon for a President’s child to assist their fathers in office. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s daughter Anna Roosevelt helped assist him in social and administrative duties during his presidency. Ivanka Trump is the first child to receive an office, located in the West Wing of the White house.
Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, also took an unpaid job in the White House. His official title is Senior Advisor to his father-in-law, President Trump. He was sworn in as of January 22, 2017. Kushner also had to receive the same government issued security clearance as his wife.
Any decision Ms. Trump counsels the President of the United States on would still have to receive the same clearance as if he wasn’t counseled. She will not be making any decisions on behalf of The President.