Ivanka Trump Steps Down From Clothing Label As Husband Becomes Senior Adviser To President-Elect Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump's eldest daughter has announced she will no longer work for her eponymous clothing brand while her husband, Jared Kushner, is appointed her father's official aid.

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When your Dad gets a new job, the last thing you consider is the possibility of having to give up yours because of ethics laws.

But, that's exactly what Ivanka Trump has to do as she is reportedly stepping down from her management and operations role at her eponymous clothing label, owned by the Trump Organization.

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According to a statement from her husband Jared Kushner's attorney – provided to Vanity Fair – despite Ivanka's slow regression from the brand in recent weeks, that has seen her separate her social-media accounts from the brand's and stop promoting her products during her own public appearances, Ivanka will resign from all 'officer and director positions she currently holds'.

In keeping with US ethic laws, Trump's daughter will also be required to sell her common stock and change her involvement in Trump Organization transactions so that she no longer benefits from its profits.

The news comes months after the Ivanka Trump brand issued a statement that explained her decision to distance herself from the label, stating that the mother-of-three wanted to dedicate her life to improving women's lives.

The message read: 'Our company's mission is not political—it never was and it never will be—however, Ivanka, personally, has an increased opportunity to advocate for women and be a positive force for change.

'As a private citizen, with full awareness of her heightened visibility, she will broaden her efforts to take a stance on issues of critical importance to American women and families,' it added.

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But, the University of Pennsylvania-graduate isn't the only family member to change jobs due to Donald's recent appointment, as Ivanka's husband has just been named a senior adviser to his father-in-law.

Nepotism says what?

According to the Guardian, Kushner will be stepping down from his ventures in publishing, real estate, and venture-capital to help work on what Trump's transition team has called an 'effective leadership team', which he's helped form along with the president-elect's chief of staff and his chief strategist.

I know what you're thinking – isn't there a law that prevents presidents from hiring their family members due to a conflicts of interest?

Well, yes there is. And it's one that Kushner will need to convince lawyers doesn't apply to him.

According to the federal anti-nepotism law implemented in 1967 after John F Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby as attorney general, no federal official is permitted to employ family members to an agency or office which he/she leads.

Look, you didn't see Obama employing Sasha and Malia as foreign secretary and press secretary, respectively. But, give Donald and inch…

After all, this is Trump we're talking about – laws and regulations don't seem to have stopped him from doing what he wants in the past and there are concerns the Trump/Kushner family might be able to work around loopholes in the law.

Kushner's attorneys reportedly would like to argue that the White House is technically not an agency and therefore the law doesn't apply to Kushner. Alternatively, if that doesn't appease the lawyers, they would like to suggest Jared could hold an unofficial role in order to work alongside Trump.

While you're at it Trump, why not get your 10-year-old son Baron to be your script writer – what could possibly go wrong?

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