New Year, Same Old Shady Dealings: Ivanka May Have Violated Conflict-Of-Interest Law
What Ivanka Did This Week is a weekly column that explores what Ivanka Trump, first daughter and adviser to President Donald Trump, does all day.
Ivanka's schedule has not been made public, so each week, we will do our best to cover the public events and forums she attends, the meetings she has with lawmakers and government officials, and her social media presence.
Monday, December 31
• Ivanka posted a happy birthday wish to her brother Don Jr. with a very '90s #tbt photo.
Tuesday, January 1
• Back to work. Ivanka is preparing to launch a global women's economic development initiative in 2019, according to USA Today. The launch was planned for next week but has been postponed amid government shutdown uncertainty, the White House said on Monday. The project is reportedly backed by the State Department and the National Security Council, and will include input from both government agencies and the private sector.
"I look forward to continuing to work with the interagency and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to advance women’s access to vocational training, fuel female entrepreneurship, and lift legal and social barriers that restrict our full and free economic participation," the first daughter and senior White House adviser said in a statement to the Associated Press. Ivanka has made previous efforts in this area, including advocating for the Women’s Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment Act, which has passed Congress.
Friday, January 4
• The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group, has asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether Ivanka has violated federal conflict-of-interest law by promoting the Opportunity Zone tax break program, which could financially benefit her and husband Jared Kushner, according to the Associated Press.