Joe Biden's Daughter Ashley Says She Won't Have an Official Job in the Administration

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Caroline Hallemann
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Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images
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From Town & Country

Donald Trump's administration was something of a family affair. Two of his closest advisers were his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. But this week, Joe Biden's daughter Ashley, who is a social worker, confirmed that she will not have an official job in the White House.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Today show's Jenna Bush Hager (who, as the daughter of former President George W. Bush, happens to be a member of the First Daughter club herself), Biden shared that she hopes to use the platform of First Daughter "to advocate for social justice, for mental health—to be involved in community development and revitalization."

She continued, "I do hope to bring awareness and education to some topics, subjects that are really important."

During their conversation, which aired on Tuesday, Biden also reflected on the recent riot at the Capitol, sharing that she was "deeply saddened" and "horrified" by the violence.

"This was a place where I grew up going as a child… a place where Dad has worked for over 30 years, a sacred place really," she said. "To see what happened to see was going on, I mean, it was truly horrifying to see the hate."

And she revealed that her mother, the incoming First Lady, had not heard from First Lady Melania Trump about a tour of the White House or any of the traditional protocol on Inauguration Day.

"No, I don't think they're doing the traditional protocol, which is unfortunate, but I think we're all OK with it," Biden says.

She hopes to simply "take in the moment" at the Inauguration. "Just be fully present," she said. "It's going to be a really beautiful special moment, and not only for our family but for the country."

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