Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

With book, Ivanka Trump must walk complicated ethical line

Trump - who attended private school and enjoyed a NYC-centric adult life, discussed the importance of talking to people outside her bubble, citing her father's presidential campaign.

A family ski trip to Whistler last month for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, her husband and senior advisor to President Donald Trump, incurred a Secret Service bill of almost $67,000.

When the recording finally showed he was wrong, Trump's reaction was grudging: He agreed to say he was sorry if anyone was offended.

Jamie Gorelick, an attorney for Trump, said she had received advice from the Office of Government Ethics that she could use her personal social media accounts to post about the book. Slaughter, who has called Donald Trump "toxic", is well-known for her piece in The Atlantic, titled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All", and a follow-up book, "Unfinished Business". Since then, employees have been given two months of paid family leave and flexible working hours for new parents.

Ivanka Trump's new book, Women Who Work, is out today, and, in an effort to comply with government ethics rules, she has proclaimed that she is foregoing the usual promotional tour, lest she be criticized for profiting from her newly defined role as an assistant to the president.

Others see her new book as stunted by its class biases, which limit Ms Trump's advice to wealthy and powerful women. "Everything that was ascribed to him suddenly, for my critics, became true of me", she said. "TED Talks and podcasts are another way I diversify my own information bias and expose myself to bite-sized, snackable bits of information on topics".

She writes: "During extremely high-capacity times, like during the campaign, I went into survival mode: I worked and I was with my family; I didn't do much else". It's not necessarily a groundbreaking strategy, but it does give a rare, clear sense of what, specifically, Ivanka Trump is like as a manager: To her, slowing down and paying intense attention to detail are key ingredients to success. As she spoke, Trump remained unyielding. But she would like to be more like her husband, Jared Kushner, also a senior adviser to the president and scion of another NY real-estate empire.

"Arabella loves books, so I make a note to read at least two per day to her and plan "dates" to the library". She quotes Anne-Marie Slaughter, who five years ago wrote a popular essay in The Atlantic magazine on why she left a job in the State Department during President Barack Obama's administration to spend more time with her family, and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, who wrote the book "Lean In", urging women to take charge of their careers. Like you, I'm a woman who works- at every aspect of my life.

The letter was sent to Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) in response to inquiries they made about ethical implications of Ivanka Trump working in the White House.

For now, Ivanka Trump acknowledges how much she has to learn and asks the public to be patient with her.

"I do believe that in time I'll get to the right place", she said. "I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard".

She likes Bravo's "Real Housewives.' Trump acknowledges that "Sometimes I like turning on 'Real Housewives" and sitting in front of the TV eating a giant bowl of pasta with a glass of wine, but if I'm honest with myself, it's kind of counterproductive", she writes, adding that those times are good for meditation or exercise.

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