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Ivanka Gets Office, Security Clearance In White House

| by Denise Recalde

First daughter Ivanka Trump has her own office in the White House's West Wing and will soon be able to access classified information.

She will not officially work as an employee of the government, nor receive an official title, but she will be given government-issued communications devices and security clearance to classified information, said Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Ivanka. 

He clarified Ivanka will follow the ethics rules guiding all government employees, the Daily Mail reports. 

"Having an adult child of the president who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground," Gorelick said on March 20. "Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not." 

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Her role will be to serve as her father's "eyes and ears" and to provide advice, her attorney said, reports Politico. 

She has constantly been in the White House since President Donald Trump was sworn into office. Her husband, Jared Kushner, works for her father as senior adviser. 

The couple's influence at the White House has been the subject of controversy as several critics say there may be possible conflicts of interest at play. 

Some have called for clearer boundaries between the Trump family's business activities and political powers. 

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On March 17, Ivanka, the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel jointly participated in a meeting on vocational training.

Ivanka guided the event and had been in charge of inviting the American executives in attendance. She spoke of her father's "commitment to creating millions of jobs" and called for additional private investment, and stated that "ingenuity, creativity often comes from the determination of the private sector."

The subject of the talk was to be on workforce development and vocational training, not international trade. 

Ivanka also met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in February. The first daughter was present in the Cabinet Room when he delivered a talk not long after arriving in Washington, D.C. 

Ivanka also contributed to a round table discussion at the White House attended by Trudeau and female entrepreneurs.

She had sat at the Oval Office desk and controversially posed for a picture with her father and Trudeau by her side.

She and Trudeau connected again in New York City in mid-March. They attended a Broadway play that was introduced to the audience by the prime minister.

Sources: Daily Mail, Politico / Photo credit: Voice of America/Wikimedia Commons

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