Ivanka takes un­paid job as as­sis­tant to president

New Straits Times - - World -

WASH­ING­TON: First daugh­ter Ivanka Trump is about to take on an­other ti­tle as an un­paid as­sis­tant to her fa­ther President Don­ald Trump, the White House an­nounced on Wed­nes­day.

Ivanka, whose hus­band Jared Kush­ner also works as a se­nior aide to the president, will not re­ceive a salary for her work as a fed­eral em­ployee. Kush­ner, a real es­tate de­vel­oper, is also un­paid.

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

“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.”

In the cou­ple of months since her fa­ther be­came president, Ivanka, 35, has been a reg­u­lar pres­ence at the White House, where she al­ready has an of­fice.

She was present when her fa­ther re­ceived Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe in Jan­uary, and ear­lier this month took part in a round-table dis­cus­sion with the president and Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel dur­ing the German leader’s visit to the White House.

Her in­volve­ment with her fa­ther’s of­fi­cial du­ties has raised eye­brows over pos­si­ble con­flicts of in­ter­est.

But Ivanka, who was part of her fa­ther’s busi­ness em­pire and ran an epony­mous fash­ion line, said those qualms were un­founded.

“I have heard the con­cerns some have with my ad­vis­ing the president in my per­sonal ca­pac­ity while vol­un­tar­ily com­ply­ing with ethics rules, and I will in­stead serve as an un­paid em­ployee in the White House Of­fice, sub­ject to the same rules as other fed­eral em­ploy­ees,” she said.

“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.”

The first daugh­ter’s for­mal ti­tle will be as­sis­tant to the president. Her hus­band’s ti­tle is se­nior ad­viser to the president. AFP

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