The Trump family continues to cash in from Donald Trump’s presidency. Sales of Ivanka Trump’s namesake brand, for example, have surged since her father’s inauguration.
Now it looks like Ivanka is going to make ever more money — thanks to her new position in the White House as senior adviser.
Ivanka’s company won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks on the same day the first daughter-turned-adviser attended dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. That looks too shady to be a coincidence.
Ivanka no longer manages the day-to-day operations of the brand — she passed the torch to Abigail Klem when she became senior adviser to the president — but she still owns it and very much profits from it.
According to The Associated Press:
The commercial currents of President Donald Trump’s White House are unprecedented in modern American politics, ethics lawyers say. … Criminal conflict-of-interest law prohibits federal officials, like Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, from participating in government matters that could impact their own financial interest or that of their spouses.
“Ivanka has so many China ties and conflicts, yet she and Jared appear deeply involved in China contacts and policy. I would never have allowed it,” said Norman Eisen, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer under President Barack Obama. “For their own sake, and the country’s, Ivanka and Jared should consider stepping away from China matters.”
Instead, the first daughter and her husband have emerged as prominent interlocutors with China, where they have both had significant business ties.
So the next time you see a video of Ivanka’s adorable 5-year-old singing a song in Mandarin to the Chinese president, know this: Ivanka cares first and foremost about her bottom line.