The AP is reporting that Ivanka Trump is now getting an office as well as access to classified information. What’s interesting about this is that she isn’t even a government employee:
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) March 20, 2017
AP – Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter.
Since President Donald Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been a visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as a senior adviser. On Friday, she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Ivanka Trump, said Monday that the first daughter will not have an official title, but will get a West Wing office, government-issued communications devices and security clearance to access classified information. Gorelick said Ivanka Trump would follow the ethics rules that apply to government employees.
“Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not,” said Gorelick, who also helped Kushner with the legal strategy that led to his White House appointment. “The White House Counsel’s Office agrees with that approach.”
I’m assuming Trump doesn’t make Ivanka a government employee because of patronage rules and what not.
But withstanding that, I really don’t like the idea of Ivanka getting access to classified information. It’s bad enough that she has Trump’s ear (as well as her husband’s) and sits in on some White House meetings. Now she’s getting access to classified materials?
C’mon, why does she need it? So she can talk to her husband and her dad about this stuff with specificity?
When I voted for Trump, I didn’t vote for his whole family. I know that may seem like a lame statement, but it’s honestly the way I feel.
I have a feeling this is the next Democrats/media scandal, with the word patronage being thrown around a lot.
UPDATE: As I was reminded by a commenter…
I am not trying to get "top level security clearance" for my children. This was a typically false news story.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
We don’t know how high this security clearance Ivanka has will be, but it does sound hypocritical.