Ivanka Trump has White House office

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: (L-R) White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, Vice President Mike Pence, Ivanka Trump and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway arrive in the East Room of the White House ahead of a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel March 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The two political leaders discussed strengthening NATO, fighting the Islamic State group, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and held a roundtable discussion with German business leaders during their first face-to-face meeting. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka now has an office at the White House, although she will not be a government employee, an administration official told AFP Monday.

Since Trump’s inauguration on January 20, his eldest daughter, aged 35, has been seen often in the presidential mansion’s West Wing, the hub of US executive power.

On Friday, she attended a round table discussion at the White House with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Ivanka Trump’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told the news website Politico that she will have access to classified information and be bound by the same rules that apply to other White House advisers who are in fact on the government payroll.

“Our view is that the conservative approach is for Ivanka to voluntarily comply with the rules that would apply if she were a government employee, even though she is not,” Gorelick told Politico.

“Having an adult child of the president who is actively engaged in the work of the administration is new ground,” the lawyer was quoted as saying.

Ivanka Trump’s husband, real estate developer Jared Kushner, is one of the president’s advisers and was formally sworn in as a White house official.

Neither he nor his wife have any experience in elected office or governance. Ivanka Trump runs a fashion line named after her.

The young couple’s strong influence on Trump has raised many questions about possible conflicts of interest and fueled a broader debate on the absence of clear boundaries between the Trump family’s business dealings and the political activities of its various members.

-AFP
Ex-S.Korean president Park questioned by prosecutors
SKorea | politics | crime
Seoul, South Korea | AFP | Tuesday 3/21/2017 – 02:46 UTC+2 | 185 words

Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-Hye reported to prosecutors Tuesday for questioning over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down, after using executive privilege to avoid them for months while in office.

Park apologised to the public as she arrived at the prosecutors’ office in Seoul, adding: “I will undergo the investigation sincerely.”

South Korea’s first female president, Park was impeached by parliament in December as millions of people took to the streets to demand her removal over the sprawling scandal, which has exposed the links between politics and business in Asia’s fourth-largest democracy.

Her dismissal was confirmed by the country’s top court earlier this month, ending the political career of a woman who grew up in the presidential palace as the daughter of army-backed dictator Park Chung-Hee.

A private citizen once again, Park’s convoy drove at walking pace through crowds of flag-waving supporters lining the street outside her home, before speeding up.

Every inch of the short journey was covered live on television, with cameramen trailing the group in cars and on motorcycles, and at fixed points along the route.

-AFP

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