Last week, we learned that Precious Ivanka Trump would be joining her father’s Bigly Administration as some sort of special (“precious” if you will) adviser. She has gotten a West Wing office, a security clearance and a government-issued phone. One of the big problems was that Ivanka would not be considered a federal employee because she was not being paid. Except that’s not the way it works. She has not cut ties with her businesses and she has ethical violations all over the place. So… surprise, I guess. Now Ivanka is being considered a federal employee (she’s still not being paid) and she has a gaudy new title to go with her official position. She’s also “volunteering” to comply with federal ethics guidelines.
Ivanka Trump will become a federal employee after her plans to serve as an informal adviser with a West Wing office drew criticism.
The New York Times, which first broke the news Wednesday, reported that President Trump’s daughter will have the title “Assistant to the President.” Like her husband, Jared Kushner, who is a senior adviser to Trump, she will forego a salary.
“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,” the White House said in a statement. “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 a statement to the Times, Ivanka Trump said she will follow all White House rules.
“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.
The announcement comes after the First Daughter was criticized for joining the White House in an unofficial capacity. On Wednesday, two Democratic Senators sent a letter to the White House Ethics Office asking how she would comply with ethics rules given her unspecified role.
Again, federal employees don’t get to voluntarily comply with ethics rules. You’re not voluntarily complying with drunk-driving laws. You’re not voluntarily complying with arson laws. Not setting a fire isn’t “voluntary.” Not getting behind the wheel of your car while sh-tfaced isn’t a choice. If you do not follow the laws, you will go to jail. I hope Precious Ivanka knows that.
Meanwhile, I still think this whole “get Precious Ivanka a West Wing office” thing is Bigly Trump’s way of letting everyone know that Ivanka is more precious to him than his wife. Melania is headed to the White House in June. Precious Ivanka must have a better office than Melania! And Precious Ivanka must wear better clothes too!
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