President Donald Trump and his top associates in the White House have been caught in a major scandal involving First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her role in the administration.
According to insider reports, the Trump administration improperly withheld Ivanka’s employment inspection from official federal government ethics advisers. This presents a major controversy for Trump, which is already facing widespread questions about the legitimacy of his presidency.
Ivanka has been plagued by criticism ever since she entered the political world with her father. The latest reports are just one more bit of evidence that she should resign from her position.
The White House brought Ivanka Trump on as an adviser without consulting the Office of Government Ethics, the ethics office says.
The New York Times and Politico reported March 20 that the president’s older daughter was working out of a West Wing office. A White House official told CNN that she would get a security clearance but would not be considered a government employee.
The next day, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer assured reporters that Ivanka Trump would follow the ethics restrictions that apply to federal employees. He said she was acting “in consultation with the Office of Government Ethics.”
But the ethics office, in a letter made public Monday, said it was not consulted. Director Walter Shaub said he reached out to the White House and to Ivanka Trump’s lawyer on March 24 to tell them that Ivanka Trump should be considered a federal employee, subject to those rules.
Ivanka Trump made her role official five days later, on March 29, and became an unpaid employee 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,” she said in a statement that day. “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.”
Ivanka has never earned anything – she certainly didn’t earn a position as a White House adviser. This is pure nepotism and the American people are fed up!