When President Obama’s mother-in-law, Ms. Marian Shields Robinson, moved into the White House to help the former POTUS and FLOTUS care for their then two young children, some people had a fit. Although previous former Presidents had nannies and other paid staff helping with their children, the notion of former First Lady, Michelle’s, mother taking care of her grandchildren for free, was just too much for some to comprehend and embrace, respect, or otherwise see as absolutely normal.
Despite the negative feedback she received and lies that were made up about how she was being compensated, Ms. Robinson wasn’t the first grandparent to live in the White House to care for her grands. Fast forward to the Trump administration and many of the same people who criticized Robinson’s residence in the White House, are embracing the multiple displays of nepotism on the part of Donald Trump.
While it’s certainly true that Ivanka has more time on her hands now her fashion line has failed, her presence at events, meetings with foreign dignitaries, etc., hasn’t always gone over well with the public:
Donald Trump will no longer have to answer questions like the one above as to why his daughter is present in places that she otherwise wouldn’t be. Ivanka has been hired as the newest member of the Trump administration.
Although her position is unpaid, Ivanka will now have a job to go with the office she has had for a little over a week. However, it was that office that she got around March 20th that sparked lots of controversy.
Ethics professionals argued that Ivanka’s role as an informal adviser would allow her to avoid rules around confidentiality. She addressed those critics as she announced her new role on Wednesday:
‘I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees. 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.’
What Ivanka’s statement failed to cover is exactly what she’ll be advising her father on. She has no political experience.
Because the Trump administration cares so much about ethics, Ivanka’s lawyer reports Ivanka:
‘. . .will file the financial disclosure forms required of federal employees and be bound by the same ethics rules that she had planned to comply with voluntarily.’
There is no word from the Trump administration as to what positions Tiffany, Donald Jr., Eric and Barron Trump will be given.