First daugh­ter Ivanka a key player in elec­tion, tran­si­tion and fu­ture


des moines, iowa» With Ivanka Trump, the typ­i­cally mi­nor role of a first daugh­ter could get a ma­jor makeover.

She was a key player in her fa­ther’s win­ning cam­paign, and peo­ple are closely watch­ing the next moves by Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s 35year-old daugh­ter.

She has at­tended her fa­ther’s tran­si­tion meet­ings with high-pro­file fig­ures, in­clud­ing the Ja­panese prime min­is­ter and tech­nol­ogy lead­ers, and has in­di­cated her in­ter­est in work­ing on pol­icy is­sues such as child care.

While three of Don­ald Trump’s adult chil­dren are viewed as close ad­vis­ers, he of­ten high­lights Ivanka and has made clear that he’d love to have her with him when he moves into the White House.

It’s not clear whether that would be in a for­mal po­si­tion.

Pre­vi­ous first daugh­ters have played a so­cial role in the White House.

Dur­ing Harry Tru­man’s pres­i­dency, when his wife, Bess, was home in Mis­souri, their daugh­ter Mar­garet would play host­ess. But it would be “un­prece­dented” for Ivanka Trump to serve as a close ad­viser, said Kather­ine Jel­li­son, who heads the his­tory depart­ment at Ohio Univer­sity.

What we know so far about Ivanka Trump:

With the Trump fam­ily, ev­ery­thing comes back to the vast fam­ily busi­ness em­pire.

Ivanka Trump, one of Don­ald Trump’s three chil­dren with his first wife, Ivana, is an ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the busi­ness along with broth­ers Don­ald Jr., 38, and Eric, 32. Just how the pres­i­dent-elect will han­dle his busi­ness in­ter­ests re­mains un­clear. Trump has said he will turn man­age­ment over to his sons and ex­ec­u­tives.

Ivanka Trump has her own busi­ness to con­sider as well. She re­cently drew crit­i­cism af­ter her com­pany pro­moted a $10,800 bracelet she wore dur­ing a “60 Min­utes” in­ter­view on CBS. The spokes­woman for the com­pany later apol­o­gized.

Since then, Ivanka Trump has sought to put some dis­tance be­tween her­self and her fash­ion busi­ness.

Trump’s team says no of­fi­cial de­ci­sion has been made about Ivanka Trump’s role, and she was not made avail­able for an in­ter­view for this story.

But the pres­i­dent-elect has made his wishes known.

“I think we’ll have to see how the laws read. I would love to be able to have them in­volved,” Trump said on Fox News of Ivanka Trump and her hus­band.

Congress passed an anti-nepo­tism law in 1967 that pro­hibits the pres­i­dent from ap­point­ing a fam­ily mem­ber to work in an of­fice or agency the pres­i­dent over­sees. But Con­way said on MSNBC’s “Morn­ing Joe” that the law has “an ex­cep­tion if you want to work in the West Wing, be­cause the pres­i­dent is able to ap­point his own staff.”

Through­out the cam­paign, Ivanka Trump played a more prom­i­nent role than Trump’s third wife, Me­la­nia, who has fo­cused her at­ten­tion on their 10year-old son, Bar­ron.

Don­ald Trump said last month that Me­la­nia and Bar­ron Trump would not move from New York to the White House un­til the end of the school year. She could still come in for ma­jor events, but there is his­tor­i­cal prece­dent for a daugh­ter or sis­ter to step in and shoul­der some of the so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Since the elec­tion, Me­la­nia Trump has kept a low pro­file while Ivanka Trump has been a reg­u­lar fix­ture at Trump Tower. This past week she ap­peared in a photo with Kanye West.

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