It appears that US President Donald Trump has just taken his nepotistic tendencies to a new level. On 29 March, The New York Times revealed that Trump’s daughter Ivanka will become a federal employee. Her title will be “Assistant to the President”. And she’ll become the first presidential child in modern history to do official work in the White House.
This comes just days after reports that a powerful new White House office – headed by Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner – will ‘harvest ideas from the business world’.
It's official: Ivanka Trump has an actual job in the federal government pic.twitter.com/CTFwkNL16O
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 30, 2017
Ivanka will apparently not receive any money for her new role. But for many commentators, Ivanka’s official involvement in the Trump Administration is simply another example of nepotism:
Two of the top official advisors to the president are in his family. Brazen nepotism that would make despots blush. https://t.co/5rrpST7Yt0
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 29, 2017
— Raw Story (@RawStory) March 30, 2017
— The Hill (@thehill) March 30, 2017
Could you imagine Republicans vitriol if it was Chelsea Clinton taking an office next to the oval rather than Ivanka Trump #ThursdayThoughts
— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) March 30, 2017
.@JustKate038 You Republicans would have lost your minds if Obama had given his wife the authority that Ivanka now has.
— AKM Mitchell (@AKMMitchell) March 30, 2017
Some even suggested the appointments made the US look like a monarchy:
The White House even more strongly resembles a dynastic royal court as Ivanka joins Jared as a formal WH official https://t.co/qFnuU6h0EJ
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 29, 2017
— CitizenSlant (@CitizenSlant) March 30, 2017
And others just joked nervously:
Ivanka Trump, assistant to the President?
I don't think so!
Let's tell it like it is.
She is dad's babysitter!
— The Tweetwit (@TheTweetwit) March 30, 2017
Ivanka Trump WH job is a victory for every millionaire-at-birth handbag designer who ever dreamed of being her father's unpaid work-wife.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) March 30, 2017
The Justice Department wrote a memo in January regarding federal anti-nepotism laws, in which it concluded that the rules don’t apply to the White House.
But to many Americans, this just looks bad.