Government watchdogs: Give Ivanka Trump official title

Government watchdogs: Give Ivanka Trump official title
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A group of government watchdogs says the White House must give President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE’s daughter Ivanka an official title or risk conflicts of interest with her business ventures.

“[Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpBiden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Buttigieg knocks Trump as a 'walking conflict of interest' Stephen Miller defends Trump, accuses Democrats of 'witch hunt part two' MORE’s current role] creates a middle space that does not exist,” officials wrote in a Friday letter to White House counsel Don McGahn, according to The Associated Press.

“On the one hand, her position will provide her with the privilege and opportunities for service that attach to being a White House employee,” the collection of two former White House lawyers and three ethics and transparency advocates added.


“On the other hand, she remains the owner of a private business who is free from the ethics and conflicts rules that apply to all White House employees.”

A person close to Ivanka Trump told AP that she believes she can offer her father a more independent perspective by not assuming a formal White House role.

AP said the group of government watchdogs fear that refusing to call Trump an "employee" provides her a legal loophole between her government policy roles and financial interests.

“[Ivanka Trump] should not be treated differently than any other employee just because she is the president’s daughter,” said Fred Wertheimer, one of the letter’s authors and president of the Washington, D.C. watchdog Democracy 21. "This is untenable.”

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday Trump is “going above and beyond” complying with ethical standards despite lacking an official administration position.

Trump is reportedly getting a White House office, security clearance and government-issued communications devices while serving as an informal adviser to President Trump.