By Mojola Aturamu
U.S. President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka, has announced that she is taking up an appointment in her father’s administration.
Ivanka, in a statement on Wednesday, said she will be a Special Assistant to the President but will not take a salary.
This came after the White House announced last week that President Donald Trump’s elder daughter would take an office in the West Wing and a security clearance; now she will be given the title of ‘’special assistant’’ to the president. She will not take a salary.
This decision was met by criticisms as Some suggested the move might allow Ivanka Trump to act as a moderating influence on her father while Ethics experts said the arrangement could allow her to evade transparency rules and disclosures.
Ivanka decided to address the issue,“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.
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.”
Ivanka addressed the issue following a request earlier Wednesday from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to the Office of Government Ethics to explain which transparency rules would apply to Ivanka Trump.
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, has recently been confirmed as Senior Adviser to the President.
The White House also released a statement about the new role to be played by Ivanka, saying that it is “pleased” by the move.
“Ivanka’s service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency, and compliance.
And it 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 White House office were announced, Ivanka acknowledged that “there is no modern precedent for an adult child of the president.”