Sunday, 23 July, 2017

Ivanka's biz prospers as politics mixes with business

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens as Ivanka Trump speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington. Ivanka Trump's company continues to grow. Ethics lawyers fear Politics hasn't stopped the growth of Ivanka Inc.
Nellie Chapman | 20 April, 2017, 07:06

And in some ways, she is just as culpable as he in pushing this White House into unprecedented ethical territory.

First Daughter Ivanka Trump's lifestyle business is booming thanks to a controversial plug from Counsel to the President Kellyanne Conway, new figures show.

According to documents released by the White House in March, he is involved in 267 entities and is still in the process of selling off some of his financial stakes, CNN Money reported. "She has retained authority to direct the trustees to terminate agreements that she determines create a conflict of interest or the appearance of one".

Ivanka Trump's company says the new trademarks are part of the normal course of doing business.

But photos show Ivanka attending events with President Xi.

Conway's husband, George, a lawyer who specializes in securities, contract and antitrust litigation, had been a contender for Trump's Solicitor General, and last month his name was floated as the likely chief of the Justice Department's civil division.

Donald Trump loves branding, but as we've seen time and time again, he's been fighting several trademark battles in China as entrepreneurs attempted to sell everything from Trump-branded toilets to a Trump-branded escort service, while at the same time securing his own trademarks in the country.

The Trump family has vowed to keep its vast financial interests separate from the government. The Trump Organization itself has also secured trademark approval from the country.

China approved three Ivanka Trump fashion trademarks on the same day of her meeting with the President, sparking fears of a possible conflict of interests.

Her decision to hold onto the investment requires Ivanka Trump to take measures to avoid conflicts. The online retailer also reported sales of Ivanka items in 15 different states that Trump won that had not seen orders of a single Ivanka product from the site in the previous year. And there's clearly efforts that - to undermine that name based on her father's positions on particular policies, that he's taken. She popped into the Chinese Embassy with her 5-year-old daughter, Arabella Kushner.

January 20, 2017: Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

When Nordstrom announced it would no longer carry Ivanka Trump's line, the president posted a negative tweet about the company, showing no apparent interest in separating himself from his family's businesses while serving in the White House. But it's not at all clear the necessary recusals are taking place, much less even being contemplated.

"Ivanka will not weigh in on business strategy, marketing issues, or the commercial terms of agreements", he added.

Trump expressed the sentiment when he "received a telephone call from Prime Minister Theresa May. regarding her plans to call a special election in June", a brief statement said.

"In between, you have to assess it case-by-case", she said.

As Painter, Eisen, and Canter put it, "we have serious questions about how all these recusals can be fully implemented and monitored - and whether they will be".

Posner is a reporter and the author of "God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters".