President Donald Trump‘s elder daughter, Ivanka Trump, announced today that she will take an official position in his administration, according to a statement.
Her unofficial role has grown in recent weeks, and she was granted security clearance and a West Wing office, drawing scrutiny from some.
Ivanka Trump will be an assistant to the president but will not take a salary, she said in a statement first reported by The New York Times.
“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,” she said in a statement today.
She added, “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.”
She is not the only family member in her household to have a title. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is a senior adviser to the president.
The White House released its own statement about the move, saying that it is “pleased.”
“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,” the White House statement read.
When her increased security clearance and West Wing office were announced, Ivanka Trump said, “There is no modern precedent for an adult child of the president.”
At the time, Kathleen Clark, an ethics expert and a professor at Washington University, described the arrangement as “outrageous.”
“This is extremely troubling because the White House seems to be pretending that it can treat somebody as a government employee — give them an office and responsibilities — and not be bound by government ethics standards,” she…