Ivanka Trump’s White House position rings alarm bells for ethics advisers

Ivanka Trump’s unpaid White House position has raised concerns among some ethics advisers [Captured via youtube]
First daughter Ivanka Trump will work as an unpaid adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, according to an announcement Wednesday.

Trump, 35, will serve as assistant to the president, while her husband, first son-in-law Jared Kushner, serves as senior adviser. The appointments raise the specter of nepotism, though a January memo from the Justice Department stated that the rules of federal anti-nepotism laws did not apply to the White House.

Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of the president’s children being inserted into the workings of government, however.

In a letter to White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II, former White House ethics lawyers Norman L. Eisen and Richard W. Painter criticized Ivanka Trump’s government-issued security clearance and communications devices, which they said would make it easier for her to avoid financial disclosure rules, according to the New York Times.

“This arrangement appears designed to allow Ms. Trump to avoid the ethics, conflict-of-interest and other rules that apply to White House employees,” Eisen and Painter wrote.

In a statement Wednesday, Trump said she was aware of these ethical concerns and would serve in the White House as an unpaid employee.

“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,” Trump said.

White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Trump’s White House position “affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously.”

In a 2006 interview with CNN’s Larry King, Donald Trump expressed views on nepotism that may seem troubling given his current status as President of the United States.

“I like nepotism,” Trump said with characteristic bluntness in the interview, referring to Ivanka’s role on his reality show the Apprentice. “If you can’t take care of your kids…”

03/30/2017 12:05 PM by Menachem Rephun

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