Is Ivanka Trump Getting the White House Office Usually Reserved for the First Lady?

Donald Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded to reports that Ivanka Trump is getting the White House office usually reserved for the first lady since Melania Trump will not be living full-time in Washington, D.C.

Contrary to the rumors, Hicks told The Hill that the shoe designer, 35, will not be inheriting First Lady Michelle Obama’s office space. "This is false," the spokeswoman told the website in a statement on Wednesday, December 14. "No decisions regarding Ivanka's involvement have been made."

Earlier on Wednesday, CNN politics reporter Sara Murray reported that Ivanka would be taking over the space meant for FLOTUS although the entrepreneur’s role within her father’s administration has yet to be determined.

As previously reported, future FLOTUS Melania, 46, will remain in New York City with her and Donald’s 10-year-old son, Barron, so he can complete the school year as her husband, 70, moves to the nation’s capital to begin his presidency.

Melania Trump listens to her husband, President-elect Donald Trump, speak to the press at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 10, 2016.
Melania Trump listens to her husband, President-elect Donald Trump, speak to the press at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 10, 2016. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

During a December 11 interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host said that he’d “love” to have Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, involved in his administration. "We're working that out right now," the president-elect said. "They're both very talented people."

Though their roles in the Trump administration would be subject to an antinepotism law that could prevent the real estate tycoon from bringing them on board, he is remaining optimistic. "I think we'll have to see how the laws read,” he told Wallace.

Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions for Trump Organization, smiles during the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Dana Point, California, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.
Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions for Trump Organization, smiles during the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Dana Point, California, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

"I would love to be able to have them involved," he continued. "If you look at Ivanka, you take a look, she's so strong, as you know, to the women's issue and child care, and so many things she'd be so good. Nobody can do better than her. I'd just have to see whether or not we can do that. She'd like to do that."

For her part, Ivanka — who currently serves as the executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization and heads her own fashion brand — seems on the fence about making a full transition into politics.

"I'm going to be a daughter," she said during a 60 Minutes interview last month. "But I've said throughout the campaign that I am very passionate about certain issues. And I that I want to fight for them."

She added, "Wage equality, child care. These are things that are very important to me. I'm very passionate about education. Really promoting more opportunities for women. So, you know there are a lot of things that I feel deeply, strongly about. But not in a formal administrative capacity."

Nevertheless, Ivanka and Kushner, 35, have been house-hunting in D.C., and the heiress has frequently accompanied her father during meetings with world leaders.

 

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