The candidate who promised to change things in Washington reportedly is changing the name of an office in the White House.
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team will change the name of the Office of the First Lady to the Office of the First Family, according to reports.
Some viewed the name change as further evidence Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will have a key role in the White House.
Incoming first lady Melania Trump has stated that she will remain in New York City with her 10-year-old son, Barron, and does not anticipate moving to the White House until, at the very least, he finishes school this year.
“Melania Trump is still expected to play a role in the White House. However, Ivanka is expected to have a prominent slot as well. A source said she is likely to play the part of Washington hostess as well as advise her father on issues including family leave to climate change,” CNN reported.
Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are moving to D.C., and she announced Wednesday that she was stepping down from the Trump Organization, where she served in a senior position, as well as her apparel and accessories company.
However, Ivanka Trump indicated her immediate focus in Washington will be her family.
“I plan to take time to settle our three young children into their new home and schools,” she said in a Facebook post.
The Trump transition team has yet to announce staff appointments to aid the incoming first lady (or first family).
By contrast, the Obama transition team announced a month before the 2008 inauguration who first lady Michelle Obama’s staff would be.
First ladies have been given staffs tasked with helping them for 115 years, beginning with Edith Roosevelt, the wife of President Theodore Roosevelt, who appointed a White House social secretary. Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of President Franklin Roosevelt, added a personal secretary. President John F. Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline, added a press secretary.
Michelle Obama had 15 staff members in 2016, including a senior adviser, a director of communications, a press secretary, a director of strategic planning, a director of special projects and a social secretary. Her staff cost taxpayers $1.27 million.
There is no word yet if the name change for the office will result in a change in staff size.
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