Clear Violation of Trump Promise to Not Use Presidency for Business
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Kellyanne Conway Thursday morning used her position as Counselor to the President to go on "Fox & Friends" and announce she was giving the president's daughter a "free commercial."
Conway was not on the Fox News set but was speaking from the White House and was identified in the Fox News chyron by her official White House title, as a video from Raw Story confirms.
"Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you," Conway told viewers. "I hate shopping, and I’m gonna go get some on myself today."
"Go buy Ivanka's stuff!" Kellyanne Conway tells "Fox & Friends" viewers from the White House briefing room. pic.twitter.com/noIhnVgcAk— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) February 9, 2017
Her remarks comes one day after President Trump attacked a century-old retailer who last week announced it was dropping Ivanka Trump's line of women's clothing and accessories, citing poor sales. The President insisted Nordstrom had treated Ivanka "unfairly," while his press secretary later defended the president's remarks, saying "as a father" he had a right to defend his daughter. Sean Spicer also insisted Nordstrom's decision was political, and a direct attack on the president himself.
President Trump and his surrogate assured the American people and his family would not use the presidency to further his and his family's business interests. This is a clear violation of that promise. But did she violate the law? (See update below.)
On Twitter, many reacted in anger:
Flagrant violation of federal ethics rules prohibiting use of your position to promote a private business. And she's not exempt from them. https://t.co/1waiZ4XKcT— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) February 9, 2017
Let's cut with the niceties:— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 9, 2017
this is insanely fucking unethical. https://t.co/n6XQIxVvpq
Elevating what conversation? You mean the conversation during which Kellyanne Conway sold Ivanka goods on television? https://t.co/48K977Hunf— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 9, 2017
Do you pay taxes? Congratulations, you just paid for a commercial for Ivanka Trump's products. https://t.co/j4wVOK53D0— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) February 9, 2017
So confused abt Trump admin's assertion that they've parted ways w/ Trump business empire: Kellyanne Conway on Fox: "Go buy Ivanka's stuff" https://t.co/CYhVw8q7Dq— Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) February 9, 2017
Did kellyanne break government employees law when she said buy Ivanka clothes ?— Debbie Kingsmill (@djkingsmill) February 9, 2017
Call Jason Chaffetz 202-225-7751 & tell him White house has 2 quit being home shopping centr Kellyanne Told people to buy IVANKA on Ntnl tv— Janet Heinsler (@HEINSLERJAN) February 9, 2017
Kellyanne Conway, a paid White House employee, pushing Ivanka Trump's clothing line on Fox. "Go buy Ivanka's stuff." CONFLICT OF INTEREST.— J.K. Polk (@KnoxPolk2) February 9, 2017
Harvard Law grad and Obama Deputy Secretary of Labor Weighs in: