Trump Team Refutes Report Ivanka Will Take First Lady’s Office
Ivanka Trump might get an office in the space typically reserved for the first lady at the White House, according to a CNN report that was later refuted by a spokesperson of the president-elect.
“This is false. No decisions regarding Ivanka’s involvement have been made,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told The Hill, referring to the CNN report.
On Wednesday, CNN’s Lisa Miranda tweeted that Ivanka could get the office, saying that her “title is still [to-be-decided].” She cited a “transition source” for her report.
Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, will not be moving full-time to the White House in January following Inauguration Day—as their 10-year-old son, Barron, needs to finish his school year.
Via @SaraMurray: Ivanka Trump to get office in same space reserved for First Lady in WH; Ivanka’s title still TBD, per transition source
— Lisa Mirando (@LisaMirandoCNN) December 14, 2016
The president-elect previously said he would “love” to have Ivanka and husband, Jared Kushner, a key Trump confidant, involved in his administration.
“If you look at Ivanka—she’s so strongly, as you know, into the women’s issues and childcare, … nobody could do better than her,” Trump said a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, his two sons, Eric and Donald Jr., and executives will take over his businesses before Inauguration Day.
On Thursday, a top adviser said that Ivanka and Kushner would be the most likely family members to have official staff roles.
Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC Thursday that any of the president-elect’s adult children who work in the administration would separate from their father’s business empire and leave “no ambiguity” that could expose the family to conflicts of interest.
She added that Ivanka, her husband, and any Trump siblings who choose to work in the White House would make big financial “sacrifices” to do so.
Trump’s transition aides say lawyers are working to untangle Trump and his family from their business empire after criticism that failing to do anything short of creating a blind trust would expose them to conflict of interest investigations and lawsuits.
Trump plans a news conference on the issue Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.