Ivanka Trump has the title "Assistant to the President". She has no experience and no credentials for the job, yet she has top security clearance, her own office and staff in the west wing of the White House, and more or less has free rain to drop in on anyone to get a personal update on an issue. She supposedly is in the position to act as a "moderating influence" on her father, especially on women's issues and inequality (her words).
But if you look at the administration's actions rather than her words, it is hard to see where she has influenced her father on anything. Trumpcare, especially has been devastating to women (it defunds Planned Parenthood amongst other women's issues), and it drives inequality taking from the poor and giving to the rich with a massive tax redistribution scheme couched as healthcare. Ditto for his proposed budget...or is it the Bannon/Mulvaney budget that slashes funding for women's programs amongst many others?
Ivanka Trump talks a good story about her role, but so far she seems to be nothing more than an apprentice learning about a job in which she has zero influence on her authoritarian father. That should not be so surprising because her own father is also an apprentice who has no real ideas of substance and no inclination to learn. Meanwhile Bannon, Mulvaney, Pence, the Goldman Sach guys, the Generals and Superboy Kushner, Ivanka's husband, are given free rein to formulate policies while Donald Trump plans his next golf outing.
Ivanka Trump is there to learn how to capitalize the office of the presidency to make money. She is their to promote and protect her business interests. That's all. That's what she does and that's what her father does. It is a new season of Celebrity Apprentice White House.
do we know for sure she has a TS clearance? is that what was reported?
I know a TS clearance takes some time to obtain, the DIS and FBI take about 6 months to run background checks on people, at least it took that long back in 1976 because my duty section required that I possessed a TS clearance, maybe it doesn't take that long to acquire. I still worked in a duty section where sensitive information was sent and received, but I was not allowed to view, send or receive information that required a TS clearance. Just so people know who may be reading this forum, people can work in a place where sensitive information is read and transmitted, but a keeper will be with that person at all times during their tenure and ensure that the person without a TS clearance isn't exposed to the information. That's how it worked years ago.
Here are the different types of security clearances our Government has.
"Security clearances can be issued by many United States of America government agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Energy (DoE), the Department of Justice (DoJ), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). DoD issues more than 80% of all clearances. There are three levels of DoD security clearances:TOP SECRET – Will be applied to information in which the unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security. SECRET – Will be applied to information in which the unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security. CONFIDENTIAL – Will be applied to information in which the unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the national security.
Additionally, the United States Department of Energy issues two levels of security clearances: Q Clearance – Allows access to Classified information up to and including TOP SECRET data with the special designation: Restricted Data (TS//RD) and special Q-Cleared "security" areas. L Clearance – Allows access to Classified information up to and including SECRET data with the special designation: Formerly Restricted Data (S//FRD) and special L-Cleared "limited" areas.
Despite the common misconception, a public trust position is not a security clearance, and is not the same as the confidential designation. Certain positions which require access to sensitive information, but not information which is classified, must obtain this designation through a background check. Public Trust Positions can either be moderate-risk or high-risk. "