The Strange Set of Rules Ivanka Trump Has to Follow as Donald Trump’s Daughter and Employee
Usually the first daughter’s role is typically pretty straightforward: Smile, do your homework, and stay out of trouble. But Ivanka Trump has blurred the lines drawn by first daughters of the past. As both first daughter and a White House employee, here are some of the rules Trump must follow.
1. She must file financial disclosures
The government ethics office mandated Trump to file financial disclosures to work in the White House, Politico reports. However, Trump started working in the White House and sought security clearance before turning over financial disclosures. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tom Carper called her out on that move.
Next: Did she or didn’t she?
2. Trump cannot participate in the family business
Trump is not allowed to participate in Trump family businesses. However, she is being investigated for an international business deal, CNN reports. The investigation focus is on the financing and negotiation of Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver.
Next: She has to follow the same rules as other employees.
3. She must stick to the same rules as other government employees
Warren and Carper sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics questioning Trump’s role and position in the White House. The letter wanted to ensure Trump’s role was “consistent with these laws, precedents, and legal opinions.” Also, she had to disclose instances where she would need to recuse herself from advising her father or acting in an official capacity.
Next: She had it for awhile — but not anymore.
4. She has to abide by security clearance rules
Initially, Trump was given access to classified information, CBS News reports. Unfortunately for Trump, she never had formal access to classified information and was not approved to view top secret files and information, New York magazine reports.
Next: Do you think her father is listening?
5. She acts as a personal adviser to her father
Her original role was to advise her father as assistant to the president. As a result, Trump attends a number of international meetings, including meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Newsweek reports.
Next: Is she doing a good job?
6. People expect her to practice what she preaches
Trump took the job to champion causes, including wage equality, access to child care, education reform, and women’s issues, according to CBS News. She also backed her father’s plan to offer six weeks paid maternity leave. But she received backlash when an employee said her company didn’t offer any paid maternity leave.
Next: This rule applies to just about anyone.
7. She must keep her social media account updated
Trump wished her husband, Jared Kushner, a happy birthday on Instagram and posted a picture of herself pregnant, Vanity Fair reports. The photo prompted gossip that Trump was pregnant again because she forgot to tag it as a throwback image. And with people watching her social media so closely, it’s up to her not to cause confusion.
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