Ivanka Trump’s Ever-Expanding Diplomatic Duties Threaten Foreign Relations

Who says women can’t have it all? You can — at least, if your last name is Trump.

Over her father’s first year in office, the “first daughter” has gone from businesswoman to adviser to surrogate first lady and even diplomat. Now, as she appears to be taking over for the departing secretary of state, is it time for Ivanka to slow down?

From the moment he was sworn in, President Donald Trump put his eldest daughter Ivanka in an awkward — and potentially illegal — position in the White House. As an unpaid senior advisor, she has skirted potential nepotism charges — after all, it’s not really hiring your family if they don’t take a salary, right? And if White House staffers happened to pitch Ivanka’s products while they did media interviews, well, it’s only a small conflict of interest and violation of the emoluments clause.

But while husband Jared Kushner‘s unpaid presidential “advising” moved out of the limelight — especially after the Trump son-in-law lost his security clearance — Ivanka appears to be taking on more work every day. The administration claims that she was instrumental in getting the Trump big business handout known as tax reform passed — with a boost in the child tax credit payments in the final bill. Plus, she is allegedly still pushing for paid family leave as a federal policy, although her plan appears to have parents cash in on their social security payments early and work longer down the road.

Ivanka the policy wonk isn’t much different from any other GOP think tank expert. In fact, she’s mostly just putting a more palatable face on proposals that will ultimately do little to support the poor, the working class or anyone but business owners and the independently wealthy. What’s alarming is how much her role of “unofficial diplomat” is expanding — especially in this chaotic and turmoil-filled White House.

What began with a highly unusual one-off moment of Ivanka sitting in for her father at a table full of world leaders during a G20 summit…

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