Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

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Ivanka Trump will become a federal employee after drawing criticism over an original plan to be an unofficial advisor. As an official federal employee, the first daughter will have to comply with ethics laws.First daughter Ivanka Trump will become a federal employee as assistant to the president, the White House announced on Wednesday.

“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.

The first daughter announced last week she would get an office in the West Wing of the White House and a security clearance. That unofficial role drew criticism over potential conflicts of interest and ethics violations.

On Wednesday, she said in a statement she was committed to transparency and ethics standards.

“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,” the 35-year-old said.

Her husband, Jared Kushner, is senior aide to the president.

As an official federal employee, the first daughter will have to comply with ethics laws.

Ms. Trump took a prominent role within President Donald Trump’s campaign and, since, during the first months of the presidency.

She was present when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Washington.

Her presence during state business has drawn criticism and questions over her unofficial role.

cw/bw (AFP, AP, dpa)

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