What Will Ivanka Trump Do, Now That She's Turned Down A White House Job?
Soon after one of Donald Trump’s family members, son-in-law Jared Kushner, accepted a top position in his incoming administration, Reuters reported on Monday that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, turned down a possible White House job. Ever since the president-elect began selecting his Cabinet appointments, there has been a lot of speculation about how the president-elect’s oldest daughter would be involved, considering how hands on she was throughout the election cycle and how she has been one of her father's closest advisers since he was elected. So, what will Ivanka Trump do now?
Instead of taking a role in her father's White House, according to Reuters, Ivanka, who is married to Kushner, will focus on getting her family settled at their new home in Washington D.C.
Trump's 35-year-old daughter — the mother of three young children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years old — will reportedly be moving into a $5.5 million house in the Kalorama neighborhood in the nation's capital, which is also just blocks away from where President Barack Obama and his family plan to move after Trump is sworn into office, according to The Hill.
Ivanka and her husband have both been very involved in Trump's transition, but only Kushner has accepted an official post in his administration, which would reportedly not violate a 1967 anti-nepotism statute, according to Reuters.
Throughout the presidential election, Ivanka helped run her father's vast business empire with her two adult brothers, Eric and Donald Jr. But Ivanka has since removed herself from the Trump Organization.
As Reuters reported, Ivanka will officially resign from executive vice president position at the Trump Organization and will "divest significant assets including all common stock and resign from all officer and director positions she holds in the Trump Organization." She will also reportedly no longer run her namesake fashion brand, Ivanka Trump.
Vanity Fair also reported on Monday that Ivanka “will sell all of her common stock and restructure her participation in Trump Organization transactions so that she no longer benefits from the profits. Instead, she will get a fixed series of payments from the revenue of a spate of projects. She will also recuse from participating in her interest in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, along with her interest in her brand.”
This abrupt resignation from two very powerful roles has led to speculation about how Ivanka might be involved in the future, as Trump once said that he'd "love" to have her involved in his administration and reports floated around that Ivanka might have her own office in the White House, which a Trump spokesperson said was "fake" in an email to Romper last month.
While Ivanka has turned down an official White House position, Julie Pace, White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, wrote on Twitter that officials "say that could change."
Kushner's appointment may be challenged, but anti-nepotism laws would make it very difficult for Ivanka to have an official post as a "public official" is prohibited from appointing any relative, according to NPR.
With only days left until Trump is sworn into office on Jan. 20, there are still many uncertainties and questions about the incoming administration. Only time will tell how involved the president-elect's family might be over the next four years.