Possible conflict of interest involves Ivanka Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 16:27
Former White House ethics lawyer Norman Eisen has raised questions over potential conflict of interest issues for Ivanka and her husband, senior presidential advisor Jared Kushner in their dealings with China.
Analysis from the Associated Press said that the Chinese government gave provisional approval to three trademarks on spa services, jewellery and bags under the Ivanka brand. The approval was conveniently granted the same day the POTUS' daughter dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago.
According to China's Trademark Office, Ivanka's brand already has 16 registered trademarks and 32 applications awaiting approval in China. Across the globe, the company has 180 pending and registered trademarks.
China has also granted preliminary approval for 38 trademarks linked to Donald Trump, giving the USA president and his family protection were they to develop the "Trump" brand in the market.
Ivanka's business remains in a trust, but the first daughter must stay away from banking, trade and tax code matters.
In an interview with CBS This Morning's Gayle King earlier this month, the first daughter said that she meant to stay within the law and had shifted some of her holdings to a family-run trust.
Last month, we posted about how Ivanka Trump's clothing line has been thriving of late.
The scenario underscores how hard it is for the president's daughter, to separate business from politics in her new position at the White House.
"Ivanka will not weigh in on business strategy, marketing issues, or the commercial terms of agreements", her lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, said in a statement.
As the President got ready to sell his latest executive order to the American public, an overhaul of the H-1B skilled worker visa program, under his "Buy American, Hire American" slogan, Ivanka Trump appeared to be busy protecting the real emerald of the Trump family's vast business empire: China.
Trump and his children have been criticized for conflicts of interest since his election.
The company has more than 180 pending and registered trademarks in countries including Canada, India, Japan, Israel, Mexico, Turkey, Saudi Arabia as well as in the U.S. and Europe, according to public records.
It is not clear how Trump, now a federal employee, will navigate continuing ties to far-flung foreign business interests.
BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY: Quietly removed Ivanka Trump products on its website in February but still carries them in its stores.
Painter and others have sued President Trump over his business conflicts. "She represents what we're looking for - to marry into a decent family, to look good, and to also have your own career".
Adamson said that is a competitive advantage other brands just can't match.
"When they weren't going into the White House, I thought there was a lot of leeway there", said John Pudner, the executive director of the conservative nonprofit Take Back Our Republic.
Questions regarding conflicts of interest swirl around the US president and his vast business empire, too.