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.