Ivanka Trump Becoming Official Federal Employee
Though she won't be collecting a salary
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2017 4:44 PM CDT
Ivanka Trump speaks at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, during an event to celebrate Women's History Month.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – After ethics experts raised concerns about her acting as a informal adviser to her father, Ivanka Trump will join her husband as an unpaid government employee, the New York Times reports. Critics worried Ivanka Trump, who already has an office in the White House, could skirt ethics rules while advising President Trump, despite her promising to voluntarily comply with them. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday, asking how ethics rules would apply to the president's daughter, according to the AP.

A short time later, Ivanka Trump announced she would take an official position as an unpaid White House adviser with the title "assistant to the president." She says this will allow her to be "subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees." Those rules include prohibitions on conflicts of interest. Releases from both Ivanka Trump and the White House call her new position "unprecedented." CNBC notes that Ivanka Trump has already sat in on her father's meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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