The clearest sign yet Ivanka Trump could play a big role in her father's presidency

Ms Trump reportedly wanting to work as an advocate on issues such as childcare

Samuel Osborne
Thursday 08 December 2016 09:29
<em>Drew Angerer/Getty</em>
Drew Angerer/Getty

Ivanka Trump is reportedly considering taking a leave of absence from the Trump Organization — suggesting she is exploring a move to Washington to advise her father when he becomes president.

Ms Trump will take a leave of absence to work as an advocate on issues she has a personal interest in, such as childcare, The New York Times reports.

Her husband, Jared Kushner, is also allegedly discussing an as-yet undetermined role advising President-elect Donald Trump.

She is also said to be assessing how separate herself from her apparel and licencing brands and is planning to appoint a president to run her company's day-to-day operations.

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The news comes alongside claims Mr Trump is hoping to keep a stake in his business when he becomes president and is resisting calls to divest.

The Trumps are allegedly exploring a "legal structure" allowing Mr Trump and his daughter to separate from the company.

Last week, Mr Trump tweeted to say he will hold a news conference on 15 December to "discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

The Trumps have faced criticism since he was elected about potential conflicts of interest. Any company he has a stake in and which rose in value as a result of his decisions in office would create a conflict of interest.

Last month, Ms Trump was reported to have been closing a business deal with a Japanese clothing company — of which the country's government is a large stake holder — as she sat in on a meeting between her father and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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