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Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father's administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts.

The first daughter announced today that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House, saying she had "heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity." She added that she has been "working in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role."

The news about Ivanka Trump was first reported by The New York Times. A White House official said her title will be Assistant to the President.

In a statement, the White House said it was "pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as First Daughter and in support of the President. "

Trump previously announced she was getting a West Wing office and a security clearance, but would not officially join the administration. That decision had drawn criticism from ethics experts.

Several attorneys and government watchdog leaders last week wrote a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn asking him to reconsider his approval of Ivanka Trump serving her father without becoming an official government employee. Such a designation carries with it the requirement to follow an array of transparency and ethical provisions, including a law prohibiting conflicts of interest.

Trump had said she'd voluntarily follow such provisions.