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Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

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Ivanka Trump is joining her father's administration as an official employee.

The first daughter announced Wednesday that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House.

"I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees," she said in a statement. "Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role."

Trump previously announced she was getting a West Wing office and a security clearance, but would not officially join the administration. That decision had drawn criticism from ethics experts.

Trump attorney Jamie Gorelick said she will file the financial disclosures required of federal employees and will be bound by ethics rules.

In a statement, the White House said it was  "pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as First Daughter and in support of the President."

"Ivanka's service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency, and compliance and affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously," the statement continued. 

The news about Ivanka Trump was first reported by The New York Times.

Fox News' John Roberts and the Associated Press contributed to this report.