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Ivanka Celebrates Son's Birthday With Noodles (Photo)

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President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump was photographed enjoying a spaghetti meal with her son, Joseph, for his 4th birthday.

Ivanka, 35, shared an image of herself and Joseph sharing a strand of spaghetti, recreating an iconic scene from Disney's "Lady and the Tramp," Daily Mail reports. The pair sat in front of a setup of birthday balloons featuring images from Pixar's "Cars" series.

"Birthday traditions are the best," wrote Ivanka, referring to how she has noodles with her children on their birthdays each year. "Happy fourth birthday Joseph! I love you with all my heart."

The first daughter also wrote "#noodles4life" in the caption, possibly referring to a Chinese tradition of eating long noodles on one's birthday to represent longevity. Ivanka posted an image in July in which she ate celebratory noodles with daughter Arabella for her 6th birthday.

Ivanka also posted an image of Joseph climbing a tree, captioning the picture: "Looking forward to another year of adventures with this little monkey! #BirthdayWeekendFun."

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The celebrations while Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner, 36, are at the center of a controversy surrounding the use of private email to conduct government communications, according to The Atlantic.

In September, Politico published a story reporting that the first daughter and Kushner, who is a senior advisor to the president, had both been using a private email domain that was set up in December 2016.

Newsweek reported that Ivanka had used the domain to communicate with Linda McMahon, the chief of the Small Business Administration. The New York Times reported that six other current and former Trump administration officials, including Stephen Miller, Gary Cohn, Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon, were also reported to have used private email accounts for government correspondence.

The news came after Donald Trump had vocally criticized opponent Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign for her use of a private email server.

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Under the Presidential Records Act, White House officials must keep records that show the "activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of the president's constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties."

The act also bars White House staff from "[creating or sending] a presidential or vice-presidential record using a non-official electronic message account" unless they copy an official account on the message or forward the message to an official government account in 20 days or less.

The penalty for failing to maintain a record of White House communications can reportedly include suspension, demotion or removal.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Atlantic, Newsweek (2), Politico, The New York Times / Featured Image: Michael Vadon/Flickr / Embedded Images: Ivanka Trump/Instagram via Daily Mail, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr

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