'Go buy Ivanka's stuff' - did White House adviser cross the line?
- Author: Ernesto Newman Feb 12, 2017,
Feb 12, 2017, 0:48
"Go buy Ivanka's stuff". "Go buy it today". "You can get it online".
Ivanka - whose husband, Jared Kushner, is a senior White House adviser - did not take a position in her father's administration. "That is absolutely wrong, wrong, wrong". I own some of it.
"Kellyanne has been counseled and that's all we're going to go with", Spicer said at the daily press briefing.
Multiple ethics experts agree Conway violate the federal rule, which carries the weight of law. "Norms" is the key word - federal law strictly regulates conflicts of interest of every federal employee except the president, who is assumed (or was assumed, before Trump came along) to refrain from using his office for personal gain.
Here's the issue. Federal employees can not use their public office to endorse products.
The statute he cited, 5 CFR 2635.702, addresses the "use of public office for private gain".
Regardless, Drumpf went on a Twitter tirade on Wednesday to complain about his precious Ivanks being "treated unfairly" by the "terrible" department store, a tweet that was later re-posted to the official POTUS page.
"The ethics dustup began Wednesday with the president himself".
The Republican congressman said he will join with Democratic Oversight Leader Elijah Cummings to ask the Office of Government Ethics to review the matter.
On Thursday, Conway appeared on Fox News to talk about Trump's response to Nordstrom's decision to pull his daughter's clothing line from its shelves. "So I think people can see through that". Nordstrom's decision had coincided with pressure from the #GrabYourWallet campaign, a group calling for consumers to boycott Trump family products.
Retailers still selling Ivanka Trump products include Macy's, TJX Cos and Hudson's Bay Co.
Nordstrom said last week that it would no longer carry Ivanka Trump's line of clothing and accessories because of "brand performance".
"If I like it, I buy it. I would never go down that road", Mr. Collins said.