Even before Donald Trump surprised everyone, winning the 2016 presidential election, people wondered what might happen if he were elected. Specifically, they wondered what roles the new president’s children — who are a large part of his private business — might have in his White House.
Now that President Trump has made it clear that as least Ivanka will have a prominent advisory role in his administration (Ivanka’s husband will also advise the president), a number of people have voiced concern over the First Daughter’s lack of experience outside of real estate.
Norman Eisen, ethics lawyer for both President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush, said that Ivanka — an executive in her father’s real estate company — lacked the qualifications for a White House job, calling her position “nepotism”:
But if Ivanka Trump is unqualified to advise her father based on her professional resume — working as a real estate executive — then one has to wonder if those same people voiced concerns about Valerie Jarrett’s similar lack of qualifications.
Jarrett — who advised President Obama through all eight years of his presidency, warranted Secret Service protection, and even kept living quarters in the White House — spent her time before his presidency working as … a real estate executive.
Twitchy noted that Jarrett, a longtime friend of the Obamas prior to her taking a position within the White House, had no Washington experience but was one of the few people (save Michelle) that the president would not “say no to.”
Another important factor addressed by Twitchy is the taxpayer cost — while it is unclear whether Ivanka Trump will draw any pay at all (she has said that she will accept a $0 salary), Jarrett was paid in excess of $175,000 annually.
After eight years at the president’s side, Jarrett was widely recognized as one of the “most powerful influences” in the Obama White House — how much power Ivanka may eventually wield in her role has yet to be seen.