Ivanka Trump's 'unprecedented' move to the White House

Ivanka Trump may have distanced herself from the company that bears her name, but a new lawsuit claims the company still has an unfair advantage because of it.

Ivanka Trump, center, and her husband, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, look on during President Trump's address.

Since then she has sat in on several high-profile meetings with foreign leaders, including with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau and German chancellor Angela Merkel. "She has a West Wing office, she has equipment, she has a White House email address, she's going to be doing policy work", said Painter.

President Donald Trump's eldest daughter is being sued in a class action lawsuit against her company, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC, because, the lawsuit alleges, the brand is being helped by the mere fact that her father is the president and he husband is his advisor, Fox News reported.

Ivanka Trump's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, argues that since she will earn no salary and not be sworn in, she does not count as a government employee.

Attorney Andrew Herman, who has advised lawmakers on ethics issues, said he thought the administration should make her role official, according to the New York Times.

Remember when we actually believed seemingly normal person Ivanka Trump would turn around and save us all/talk daddy Don out of taking up the oval office?

Sales of Ivanka Trump products soared 346 percent from January to February compared with the same period past year because she and her family are exploiting their White House connections, the lawsuit states.

Some, such as former Obama Administration Ethics Czar Norm Eisen, are becoming more concerned that this development is a conflict of interest for the White House.

Ivanka Trump has been a fixture of her father's campaign since day one, and taking on an unprecedented role inthe Trump administration. "It would create some outside accountability, because if she can voluntarily subject herself to the rules, she can voluntarily un-subject herself to the rules". Abigail Klem, president of the Ivanka Trump brand, also told Refinery29 that the brand has surged in the past six months. That may strike you as odd, but it's probably a good thing. Though she is not an official government employee, Ivanka will be following the same ethics and rules that apply to government employees, according to Gorelick. The suit also claims Spicer has used his position to endorse the Ivanka Trump label.

The Department of Justice may have ruled Kushner's hire as not being in violation of anti-nepotism laws, but Ivanka, despite divesting some of her assets and selling $36.7 million in assets to comply with ethics rules, still owns her clothing and jewelry brand. Cosmopolitan.com has reached out to the Ivanka Trump brand for comment.

  • Anthony Vega