White House: Trump 'absolutely' backs Conway amid criticism

Speaking to the hosts of "Fox & Friends" about US department store Nordstrom dropping the Ivanka's clothing and accessory line and public calls to boycott her products, Conway defended the president's daughter.

Kellyanne Conway, a special adviser to the President and former manager of Trump's election campaign, was on Fox and Friends this morning when the topic of Ivanka's retail woes came up.

"Go buy Ivanka's stuff is what I would say", she said.

"Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would say. You can find it online", Conway said in the interview held in the White House briefing room.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Conway had been "counseled" about it, but declined to elaborate.

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.

Chaffetz has signaled that he agrees with Cummings, telling the Associated Press that Conway's actions were "clearly over the line, unacceptable".

Nordstrom's shares dipped after the tweet, sent from both Trump's personal and official presidential accounts, but it later closed up 4.0 per cent on the New York Stock Exchange. A spokeswoman said President Trump "understands she was merely sticking up for a wonderful woman who she has great respect for and felt was treated unfairly".

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill, Jan. 12, 2017, to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's conflicts of interest and ethical issues.

"I think people can see through that".

"As the law makes clear, public officials should not use their offices for either their own private gain or the private gain of others".

And Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School, tweeted on Thursday that Conway's on-air recommendation "isn't just gross & unethical but it's illegal". "By explicitly endorsing Ms. Trump's products, Ms. Conway appears to have violated these regulations", according to the complaint.

The rules against using one's government position for private gain exist for good reason.

There are no flashing neon signs on the east portico of the White House yet, but give the Trumps time.

  • Larry Hoffman