Although the backlash that comes with being the daughter of President Donald Trump is no doubt high sometimes, it certainly benefits Ivanka Trump, most specifically her lifestyle brand.
Ivanka’s company was reportedly granted new trademarks by the chinese government the very same day her and husband Jared Kushner, met with the president of China for dinner. This is merely the latest of many international trademarks that the Trump family has quickly gained since Trump took office. China now has the rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags, and spa services during the aforementioned dinner.
Despite the fact that many retailers, including Tj Maxx and Marshalls, pulled the line from their stores after the president was elected, the line has reportedly been receiving record sales. The president of the brand states that it’s currently seeing some of its best sales since it was launched. Her brand hit record sales in terms of imports — most of which went to China in fact — jumping by 166 percent.
Ivanka’s gaining of trademarks during political meetings has added fuel to an already raging fire surrounding the Trump’s misuse of their father’s power. Many critics have concerns that Ivanka and her father can and will use the White House positions they hold as a platform for not only Ivanka’s brand, but for various Trump organizations. American’s are also concerned that the Trumps are taking advantage of their power and that they might be posing several conflicts of interest.
The White House has never expressed any shame about endorsing Ivanka’s clothing line, however. In February, Trump took to Twitter to complain about how Ivanka was being treated unfairly by Nordstorm when they made the choice to pull her products from their shelves.
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
Even White House adviser Kellyanne Conway got in on the shameless plugs for Ivanka’s brand, urging the public in an interview to go buy Ivanka’s products. She admitted that she was giving the daughter of the president “a free commercial.” Conway and the White House were scolded for the comments but no serious consequences ever followed.
It has been repeatedly pointed out by Ethics experts that these behaviours could run the risk of violating the emoluments clause, a provision within the constitution that prevents the president from accepting gifts from foreign leaders. Any direct proof that other countries are approving of various Trump trademarks in an attempt to win the approval of the president could be an impeachable offence.
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