Earlier in the month, we reported on the political speculation that Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, would take on many of the roles that would have traditionally been assumed by the President's wife, Melania Trump. Now, this Oedipal myth is coming closer to reality, with CNN all-but-confirming that Ivanka will be taking over the office usually assigned to the First Lady.
We already know that Melania has been planning on staying in Trump Tower, creating a Manhattan-wide headache for everyone here. Since she won't be in Washington D.C., the White House wing that normally would have been her responsibility will be turned into the "'Office of the First Family' ... where the current office of the first lady is located."
Despite CNN sources basically validating these rumors, official spokespeople for Trump are being coy: "No decisions have been made regarding Ivanka's role," said Hope Hicks. That's probably because the legality of these moves is significantly questionable. CNN describes federal nepotism laws specifically put in place to prevent a lot of what seems to happening: "Passed in 1967, the law states no public official -- from the President down to a low-level manager at a federal agency -- may hire or promote a relative."
Trump was expected to address a lot of these concerns at a press conference this week. That conference has been indefinitely postponed.
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