When Ivanka Trump was given a role in the White House, there were plenty of people who initially decried the move as blatant nepotism, and while that line of criticism has quieted somewhat, new financial disclosures may serve to put a price tag on her White House role.
The president’s daughter made almost $4 million from the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., only blocks from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in 2018.
The form states Ivanka Trump made $3.95 million, according to the Associated Press. The first daughter also made money off her fashion line and, together with her husband Jared Kushner, she earned around $135 million year.
The Trump International Hotel has been the subject of a series of lawsuits by critics who say that the president is flouting the emoluments clause and profiting off his role as president. It’s a hotbed for lobbyists and Trump insiders hoping to be seen. The president himself sometimes stops by for a meal.
In early June, the Washington Post revealed an Iraqi sheikh spent dozens of nights in the Trump Hotel at the same time he was trying to convince Trump officials to overthrow the Iranian government. The sheikh admitted he usually stays at the nearby Hay-Adams hotel, an iconic landmark of Washington’s political class.
Lobbyists working on behalf of the Saudi Arabians rented 500 rooms just after Trump was elected. The middle eastern nation has benefited greatly under the Trump White House, from a plush arms deal to Trump declining to blame them for the murder of a Washington Post columnist.
Trump, unlike other presidents, declined to place his assets in a blind trust. Instead, his business interests are in a trust controlled by his family.