Doug Wead, who served as a special assistant to President George Bush Snr, says US presidents have a long history of giving special positions to family members and Ivanka’s appointment to her father’s administration is no different.
Speaking on Newsnight, Mr Wead said: “I counted about 18 or 19… sons and daughters who’ve had very powerful roles in their fathers’ White House.
Mr Wead, who has written extensively on presidential children, added: “The most important quality in a White House staffer is loyalty, and they need honesty, and a lot of people won’t tell the President what he needs to hear but a son or daughter will.
“They need someone who’ll make decisions, and not be afraid to make decisions.
Speaking about Ivanka’s new role, Mr Wead said: “I see this young lady as extremely capable and talented.
“It’s not about balancing the politics, it’s about the need for loyalty and competence and someone who has the strength to make decisions.
“She can’t be fired as ‘daughter’, she can be fired in that position but she’ll come back to the dinner table so if you give her information and she becomes part of the plan, there’s continuity.
“A lot of these leaders around Trump will be gone in a few years, Ivanka will stay the whole time.”
Earlier this week, Ms Trump revealed she will accept an unpaid, volunteer position as as an “adviser” to the President and will file her own Form 278, which means she is legally bound by US government’s ethics rules.
She said: “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.
“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.”
She will work alongside both her…