Over the past week, first daughter Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House has come under scrutiny: First, she was to have an office in the West Wing, a security clearance, government communications devices, retain her status as an informal adviser to the president, yet not become an official White House employee.

After pressure from watchdogs questioning the ethics of the arrangement, Ivanka announced that she would change course and instead become an unpaid government employee and an official assistant to her father.

The move to make her an official government employee eased some concerns, but Ivanka’s newest role still faces some potential ethical and legal challenges. 

To clarify those challenges, this week’s episode of “Can He Do That?” asks a slightly different question: Can she? How do potential business conflicts and issues of nepotism factor into Ivanka’s new role? And with first lady Melania Trump taking a relative back seat, is Ivanka filling in the gaps?

The Post’s Krissah Thompson and I explore the history of father-daughter relationships in the White House with first lady historian Carl Sferrazza Anthony. Plus, we break down the laws and ethics with Richard Painter, the chief ethics lawyer for former president George W. Bush.

Listen to today’s episode of “Can He Do That?” below. 

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