Bipartisan Letter Rebukes Kellyanne Conway for 'Explicit Endorsement' of Ivanka Trump Products
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 14:36
In the wake of multiple stores dropping or de-emphasizing Ivanka Trump's women's clothing line, a senior White House official went on TV this morning to tell people to "Go out and buy Ivanka's stuff".
Appearing on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday, Conway dismissed Nordstrom's decision to drop Ivanka Trump's line. I own some of it. "I'm. going give it a free commercial here". Go buy it today, everybody! "You can get it online".
Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean "Spicy Facts" Spicer, told the press that Conway had been counseled about her obvious ridiculousness, but we never know whom to believe in this administration.
Conway was commenting on news reports that a large USA clothing-store group, Norstrom Inc., was no longer carrying products marketed by a company controlled by the president's daughter, Ivanka. They argued that Conway, who stood in the White House briefing room for her appearance on Fox, was acting in an official capacity. "It is wholly unacceptable, no ifs, ands or buts about it", House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Republican, said in a statement Thursday.
The statute he cited, 5 CFR 2635.702, addresses the "use of public office for private gain".
"POTUS supports me, and millions of Americans support him & his agenda", Conway tweeted, with a link to an Associated Press news story about the President's backing in the wake of the criticism for her comments.
Conway isn't the first White House staffer to tout a Trump-branded company from the White House.
In response to the counselor's comments, the ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and White House Counsel's Office on Thursday.
The comments come after the US President tweeted: "My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom". Ethics experts have said Trump's tweet may also be an ethics violation, and Sen. She later added: "It's a wonderful line".But enforcement - and punishment - for violating these rules largely falls to the head of the federal agency in question.Nordstrom reportedly plans to stop carrying Ivanka Trump's line of womenswear due to flagging sales.
President Trump has been obliterating existing norms about using his office for personal enrichment.