President Donald Trump’s “favorite child” Ivanka Trump's influence over her father has been evident ever since Trump started his presidential campaign. However, her role in the White House has gradually and significantly grown as the first daughter.
Joining her husband Jared Kushner, she is now all set to become an official unpaid government employee serving as an adviser to her father in the White House.
“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 in a statement.
She further added, “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.”
She was part of most of the official meetings at the White House. She met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a roundtable discussion about women in the workforce. She was also present at meetings when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the White House.
That is not all. Despite having no official role, she accompanied her father to Delaware’s Dover Air Base to attend the return of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens’ remains.
According to Doug Wead, the author of “All the Presidents’ Children,” who also served as a special assistant to former President George Bush, “The power of a child of a president is very unique. It’s a power that Bannon doesn’t have, that Reince Priebus doesn’t have.”
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