Trump gives daughter Ivanka White House office

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An administration official confirmed reports that the President’s 35-year-old daughter would be getting her own West Wing office, classified information clearance, and a government-issued phone.

The admission will dismay anti-nepotism campaigners, coming two months after her husband Jared Kushner was given a senior position in the administration.

Justin Trudeau speaks alongside Ivanka Trump at the White House
Image Caption:Ms Trump sat next to Canadian leader Justin Trudeau at the White House

Mr Kushner’s appointment as a chief adviser to President Trump overturned decades of legal advice on a law that states public officials cannot “appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment” a relative to their own departments.

The clearance was issued on the President’s inauguration day by the Justice Department, which advised that Congress “has not blocked, and most likely could not block, the President from seeking advice from family members in their personal capacities”.

Since her father was elected, Ms Trump has raised conflict of interest questions by appearing at meetings with world leaders, including with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in November.

Ivanka Trump watches as Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump speak during a news conference
Image Caption:Ms Trump watches as Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump speak during a news conference

It was later revealed that the meeting came at the same time she was trying to negotiate a lucrative deal for her clothing line with a state-backed Japanese firm.

She was seated next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week at a White House meeting on trade attended by the CEOs of BMW and Siemens, despite her only relevant qualification being a degree in economics.

Ms Trump’s ‘mini-bio’ on the movie database IMDb, on which artists and their agents provide the content for a fee, states: “She is known for her work on The Apprentice USA (2004), Born Rich (2003) and 15th Annual Miss Teen USA Pageant (1997).”

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