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Ivanka Trump Cancels Book Tour, Citing Ethics Concerns


Amid ethics concerns, first daughter Ivanka Trump has canceled her tour and other activities related to her newest book, "Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success."

Ivanka opted to cancel the publicity tours April 20 due to her position within the White House. Her father, President Donald Trump, had organized for Ivanka to have her own office and security clearance, according to Politico.

The book was originally intended to be a continuation of her eponymous fashion and lifestyle line, as well as a follow-up to her first book "The Trump Card." Much of the book was written during the early stages of her father's campaign for Republican nomination when he was still an unlikely long shot.

But once Ivanka's position within her father's White House was solidified, she opted to remove herself from the publicity of the book and will instead donate her advance and royalties to charity.

"In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project,” Ivanka wrote in a Facebook post April 20. "I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November."

In the post, Ivanka detailed that $100,000 of her advance for the book will go to the National Urban League, and another $100,000 will go to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Precedent for donating book proceeds to charity while in office is abundant. Former President Barack Obama wrote his third book, "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters" during his time in office, and proceeds were donated to charity, according to The Huffington Post.

First ladies Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton both donated proceeds from books written while their husbands were in office, according to Bloomberg.

Ivanka has been the subject of a few ethics concerns, most notably when Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told viewers of a Fox News show in February 2017 to buy clothing from Ivanka's personal line after Nordstrom announced it would no longer carry it, reports Newsweek.

More recently, Ivanka came under fire for appearing to use her father's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Trumps' Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, to gain information about pending business trademarks with the Chinese government. Ivanka's attorney has said that Ivanka is no longer involved with the trademarks her business was seeking, according to Politico.

Sources: Politico, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Newsweek / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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