Conflicts of interests? What are those? Apparently Family Trump thinks they are what they have always been entitled to.
Ivanka Trump, leader of a retail brand bearing her own name and adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, won provisional approval of three trademarks from China on the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
The president hosted Xi and his wife at his Mar-a-Lago estate in early April. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Trump adviser Jared Kushner, were present throughout the weekend and sat next to the couple at dinner.
Ivanka Trump has distanced herself from her retail brand since her father won the presidential election in November 2016, but sales of her products have continued to surge.
The brand, which she still owns, saw a spike in sales in the weeks after her father’s inauguration and after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway urged consumers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”
I guess what this really means is that America is nothing but a ‘consumer’ culture, one that thinks it is OK for the president to use his power to enrich himself, as long as the over-consuming American public can buy a nice piece of ‘bling’ to make it happy.
Founding fathers be damned.