Ivanka Trump to Get First Lady Office Space In East Wing of White House

When President-elect Donald Trump moves into the White House, Ivanka Trump, his daughter, will reportedly occupy the space originally reserved for the first lady. (KEITH BEDFORD/THE BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGES)
When President-elect Donald Trump moves into the White House, Ivanka Trump, his daughter, will reportedly occupy the space originally reserved for the first lady. (KEITH BEDFORD/THE BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGES)

With Melania Trump staying in New York City, the president-elect’s daughter appears set for an influential role in the upcoming administration.

Future first daughter Ivanka Trump is poised to take on a more prominent role than typical at the White House during the early months of the new administration, reportedly nabbing office space at the executive mansion in an area normally reserved for the first lady.

When President-elect Donald Trump moves to Washington in January, his wife, Melania, plans to stay in New York City with their son, Barron, at least through the end of the school year.

And according to CNN’s Sara Murray, Ivanka Trump will set up shop in White House space set aside for the first lady, which is usually in the East Wing.

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With Melania Trump appearing as if she will abdicate much of the traditional first lady’s portfolio for the beginning of her husband’s administration, the president-elect’s daughter is positioning herself to step in. She is said to be interested in taking the lead on issues such as climate change, paid family leave and child care.

To that end, Ivanka Trump reportedly may relinquish her job as an executive at the Trump Organization, with the president-elect saying his sons, Eric and Don Jr., will be running his businesses in his stead. Her husband, Jared Kushner, is also likely to have a position advising Trump.

Formal plans outlining each of the Trump children’s roles are still up in the air, however. Earlier this week, the Trump team delayed until next month a press conference originally slated for Thursday, in which he was to illuminate plans involving his business empire.

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SOURCE: US News & World Report – Gabrielle Levy