According to a Politico report on Monday, President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter has secured an office in the White House and been given security clearance and what are presumably government-issued cell phones or computers, essentially making her a full-time staffer.
Another report in The New York Times on Monday also supported the likelihood that Ivanka Trump is gearing up for more White House duties by placing her fashion retail brand under a trust.
Despite her West Wing office and access, her attorney said she will hold no official position and will not be paid a salary.
For months, the eldest Trump daughter’s involvement in the administration has been raising questions over whether President Trump was flouting anti-nepotism laws.
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, was sworn in as an official senior adviser in the White House, and she sat in on a meeting shortly after the election with her father and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Regardless of whether there’s a legal argument against her presence in the White House, Bernadette Meehan, a former National Security Council spokeswoman under President Barack Obama characterized it as a slap in the face:
“I had a security clearance & West Wing office. @IvankaTrump diminishes the value of expertise & hard work it took me & others to get there.”