'Go buy Ivanka's stuff' pitch lands Kellyanne Conway in hot water

White House spokesperson Kellyanne Conway gave Ivanka Trump a "free commercial". "I'm going to get some myself today".

"This is just wonderful line", she continued. I own some of it.

"Go buy Ivanka's stuff", Conway declared.

The incident was the latest illustration of how the Trump White House has struggled to grapple with long-established ethics rules as the president has attempted to balance the potentially competing interests of his new public position and his family's vast business holdings.

Conway's statement appears to violate federal ethics rules that bar executive branch employees from using their office for their private gain or "for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise", experts told the New York Times, NBC News and the Washington Post.

Spicer said during a press briefing on Wednesday that Nordstrom's decision to discontinue carrying Ivanka Trump's merchandise was "unacceptable" because it was " an attack on his daughter".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday afternoon: "Kellyanne has been counseled", but he did provide specifics.

The Nordstrom department stores' decision to drop Ivanka Trump's label has reached the halls of Congress.

FILE - In this November 11, 2016 file photo, Ivanka Trump, daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower in NY. She's a White House employee, and taxpayers fund her salary. The Conway interview led to a massive online uproar, causing the government ethics office's website to crash.

In addition, the company that owns TJ Maxx and Marshalls said that it recently sent a memo to workers instructing them not to highlight the Ivanka Trump brand in stores. The company said sales of her items had steadily declined over the past year, particularly in the last half of 2016, "to the point where it didn't make good business sense for us to continue with the line for now". She is a great person - always pushing me to do the right thing!

A top Trump adviser is facing harsh criticism for something she said on live TV.

The comments from the President, but particularly from Conway, prompted immediate backlash from lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle and are considered a serious crossing of ethical lines.

"I think people can see through that".

  • Larry Hoffman