The fact that Ivanka Trump is receiving a new West Wing office where she can continue performing her undefined role in the Trump administration is a sign of privilege and nepotism. While Ivanka's lawyers and the president's spokespeople say that this arrangement does not violate federal nepotism laws because Ivanka will not receive a salary or official title, it is still a significant conflict of interest that brings ethics laws into question, writes Amanda Carpenter in Cosmopolitan. She adds that it is also an insult to other qualified women who will never get such an opportunity because they are not related to Donald Trump.
On the surface, there is nothing wrong with Ivanka Trump taking such an active role in her father's administration. Though she will continue her unofficial role from the West Wing without a title or salary, Ivanka is not the first family member that a U.S. president has turned to for counsel or advice, argues Peter W. Stevenson in the Chicago Tribune. Moreover, presidents have relied on their family members to advocate policy issues on their behalf as well as to connect with voters. Though Ivanka's close proximity to the president may raise questions about ethics laws, she is a positive and effective public relations presence.