Ivanka Trump's power behind the scenes in the White House is about to become official — unofficially. Trump is getting her own office in the West Wing, a security clearance, and a government-issued phone, according to Politico. She won't be paid a salary or be sworn in. The role is described as "unofficial," but it sounds official in all but name.
Her appointment is pure nepotism: There is nothing on her résumé that suggests Ivanka Trump is qualified, by any traditional definition of the term, to advise the president of the United States. But for President Donald Trump she has two qualities that likely outweigh any others — she's a Trump, and she's going to be loyal to him.
Ivanka Trump, who is 35 and has a bachelor's degree in business, is best known for running a relatively small apparel line branded with her name, for appearing on The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice alongside her father, and for writing a memoir/career advice book, The Trump Card.
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By all accounts, she was a capable lieutenant to her father at the Trump Organization, where she oversaw global expansion and the development of the president's hotel in Washington, DC's Old Post Office building. Still, this is not the type of résumé most White House jobs are built on. She'll have access to well-guarded information about national security, and, according to Politico, her portfolio of issues won't be confined to the family policy she spent most of her campaign trail time discussing.
Ivanka Trump's role, her lawyer told Politico, is to be her father's "eyes and ears" in the White House. In an administration that spent its first two months riven by very public leaks and infighting, Trump has apparently decided, as he did in his business career, that his own children are the only people he can really trust.