President Donald J. Trump's daughter Ivanka has been in the news lately for a whole host of reasons. But unlike the attention usually showered on presidential children, attention on her has been more on the inquisitive side, specifically, why she is always present in meetings with world leaders at the White House. There is a lot of curiosity as to what her role is at her dad's White House. Before her dad became President, she was his trusted business partner. The logical question being raised now with her presence at the White House is whether she is using the hallowed office to conduct her father's business. This raises conflict of interest questions and is also possibly a violation of the Emoluments Clause(Foreign Leaders). Yours Truly recently asked this question in a Tweet to White House Chief of Staff Reince Preibus(see Tweet below)
Some sections of the media have confronted the Trump White House with the Ivanka question. The White House has always dismissed such questions saying the President's critics are just jealous because he is very close with his adult children and that it's very normal for them to desire spending time with him at the White House. In essence the response from the Trump White House, admittedly a very clever one, has been that critics are "mean" or "cruel" to even ask why Ivanka is at such high level meetings with her dad. In other words, what kind of a person gets mad that someone is spending a lot of time with their dad?
The "cruel" and "mean" defense however is getting old and the White House needs to explain what Ivanka's role is at the White House. Specifically, the White House needs to assure people that she is not there as her dad's business partner or even using the hallowed office to advance her personal business interests. Her continued mingling with foreign leaders raises the prospect of Emoluments Clause violations. The sooner this question is addressed the better because like the Tax Return question, it will not go away. It will only get louder.
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