Is Ivanka Trump working those political connections for business gain?
On April 6, the Chinese government reportedly gave her brand approval on three trademarks — for jewelry, bags, and spa services.
And on April 6, Ivanka herself dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife.
Obviously there’s no proof of any business conflicts, but it’s one hell of a coincidence. And either way, the fact we have to ask that question is evidence enough that there are conflicts of interest.
Since the trademark/dinner dates were reported on Tuesday morning, Ivanka’s lawyer has issued a statement:
“Ivanka has had no involvement with trademark applications submitted by the business. The federal ethics rules do not require you to recuse from any matter concerning a foreign country just because a business that you have an ownership interest in has a trademark application pending there.”
It’s almost like they already had that defense prepared.
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