Last week, the State Department got in trouble over a blog post that appeared to be promoting President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. The post, which detailed the history of the resort, was removed shortly after it was published, and the program that shared it apologized for “any misperception.”
The State Department apologized, but they don’t seem to have learned their lesson about promoting the Trump family.
On Thursday, the department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues came under fire again for retweeting a promotional post from Ivanka Trump about her new book.
The retweet was taken down after journalists began to get wind of it; however, the original tweet from Trump about her book, “Women Who Work,” can still be seen below.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 4, 2017
Initially, it makes sense that someone from the Office of Global Women’s Issues retweeted Trump’s post. It’s a small division of the State Department that’s purpose is to “promote the rights and empowerment of women and girls through U.S. foreign policy.” Whoever did the actual retweeting probably thought they were doing a great thing.
However, according to ABC News, ethics experts have suggested that the retweet could “violate federal rules against using public office to promote commercial products or using government resources, like Twitter accounts, for unauthorized purposes.”
The State Department declined to provide a comment to ABC News about the situation.
It is not only the state department that has been criticized for promoting members of the Trump family, though. Kellyanne Conway incurred the wrath of ethics groups earlier this year when she gave a “free commercial” for the first daughter’s clothing line and told “Fox & Friends” viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”
The fact that Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and other properties have been used for a number of government purposes also cannot be ignored.
Jordan Libowitz, a member of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, spoke to ABC about the seriousness of the conflicts of interest surrounding the Trump family and said that they “really” need to be addressed.
‘Once you can shrug off. Twice is a coincidence, but now it’s a pattern – and it’s one that really needs to be addressed.’
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