Conway 'Counseled' For Plugging Trump Products
- Author: Joanne Flowers Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 15:55
Ethics lawyers are alleging that a top White House aide may have broken the law Thursday when she urged Fox News viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff". "I hate shopping but I'm going to go get some for myself today", Conway said while discussing Nordstrom's recent decision to boycott Ivanka's fashion line. I own some of it. Conway called her comments, which came after the president sent an angry tweet aimed at Nordstrom, a "free commercial". Two officials have followed up today with comments encouraging American's to buy her stuff. "You can find it online", Conway said.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Conway had been "counseled" on the statement she made.
"It is very concerning", she says.Ms Trump's brand was thrust again into the headlines after her father attacked department store chain Nordstrom in a highly unusual move using a White House twitter platform to intervene in a commercial matter.
In addition, the left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint with the OGE and White House Counsel's Office following Conway's endorsement of Ivanka's fashion line.
TVNZ's US Correspondent says Trump defending his daughter and her business ventures blurs the lines.
The First Daughter's clothing line has been dropped in recent days by Nordstrom and Belk. She is a great person - always pushing me to do the right thing!
Kellyanne Conway, who managed the USA leader's election campaign, was accused of breaking the law while discussing President Trump's tweet to Nordstrom - which dropped Ivanka Trump's products from its range.
"It's a wonderful line", Conway said.
"By doing this ad - I have never seen anything like it - it's a violation of the rules, pure and simple", Eisen said.
Government employees aren't allowed to use their positions for private gain or to promote a particular product. The lawmakers wrote this presents "an inherent conflict of interest".