Clear Violation of Trump Promise to Not Use Presidency for BusinessÂ
Kellyanne Conway Thursday morning used her position as Counselor to the President toÂ go on “Fox & Friends” and announce she was giving the president’s daughter a “free commercial.”Â
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 Ivankaâ€™s stuff, is what I would tell you,” Conway told viewers. “I hate shopping, and Iâ€™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
â€” 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
â€” Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) February 9, 2017
Let’s cut with the niceties:
this is insanely fucking unethical. https://t.co/n6XQIxVvpq
â€” Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 9, 2017
Elevating what conversation? You mean the conversation during which Kellyanne Conway sold Ivanka goods on television? https://t.co/48K977Hunf
â€” 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
â€” 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
â€” Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) February 9, 2017
Did kellyanne break government employees law when she said buy Ivanka clothes ?
â€” 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
â€” Janet Heinsler (@HEINSLERJAN) February 9, 2017
â€” Clem Lau (@clem_lau) 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.
â€” J.K. Polk (@KnoxPolk2) February 9, 2017
Harvard Law grad and ObamaÂ Deputy Secretary of LaborÂ Weighs in:
â€” Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) February 9, 2017
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Trump to Say ‘The Movement We Started Is Only Just Beginning’ in Often False But Final Remarks as President
President Donald Trump will deliver a final speech Tuesday afternoon, and is expected to tell America that “the movement we started is only just beginning.” He will release a video at 4 PM ET.
CNN’s Jim Acosta says in Trump’s remarks “he takes no responsibility for inciting that mob” that attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempted coup on January 6.
“He does not accept that he lost the election to Joe Biden,” the CNN anchor adds, “which would undercut the lie that he told for weeks and weeks.”
It does not appear Trump will mention Joe Biden’s name, he continued, saying Trump appears to be “carrying on the sore-loserism” he has had since Election Day. “This appears to be the bare minimum one would expect from an outgoing president.”
Trump, according to multiple reports, is also expected to say, “This week, we inaugurate a new Administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous.”
WH has sent out excerpts from Trump’s video address which will be released at 4p. In the excerpts Trump says: “This week, we inaugurate a new Administration and pray for its success in keeping America safe and prosperous.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 19, 2021
He reportedly will also say:
“The greatest danger we face is a loss of confidence in ourselves – a loss of confidence in our national greatness.”
“America is not a timid nation of tame souls who need to be sheltered and protected from those with whom we disagree.”
“We restored American Strength at home—and American leadership abroad.”
“We built the greatest economy in the history of the world.”
“We revitalized our alliances and rallied the nations of the world to stand up to China like never before.”
Many of these excerpts are flat-out lies:
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 19, 2021
Here’s the video:
This is a breaking news and developing story.
National Guard Members ‘Relieved of Duty’ Before Inauguration Over Vetting Concerns: Reports
About a dozen members of the National Guard have been “relieved of duty” prior to Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden, after vetting of the 25,000 troops deployed to Washington, D.C. began.
Different reasons for removal are being reported.
“The officials say some of this was based on routine background checks against criminal history database. Some was also based on concerns raised by fellow guard members about statements they heard. This was a matter of zero tolerance, these officials say,” , NBC News’ Pete Williams is reporting, according to NBC News colleague Geoff Bennett.
But earlier Tuesday ABC News and other outlets reported that several National Guard members had ties to extremist groups.
“Two Army National Guard members have been removed from the inauguration security mission after vetting found they had ties to far-right fringe groups,” ABC reported.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports 12 National Guard members were removed over ties to extremist groups.
“Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online, according to two U.S. officials. There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said.”
On Monday Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott expressed anger on news National Guard members were being vetted.
“This is the most offensive thing I’ve ever heard,” Gov. Abbott cried. “No one should ever question the loyalty or professionalism of the Texas National Guard.”
No state’s National Guard has been singled out or identified.
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President Donald Trump wants to have a big sendoff by supporters and allies on Wednesday morning at Andrews Air Force Base — but Vice President Mike Pence reportedly will not be attending.
According to Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey, Pence “is not expected to attend” Trump’s sendoff because it would be “logistically challenging” for him to attend Trump’s departure and President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump’s relationship with Pence has deteriorated after the president falsely told supporters that Pence had the power to unilaterally throw out the results of the 2020 presidential election from his position as president of the Senate.
When Pence refused to scrap the electoral college vote tallies, Trump accused him of lacking courage, and the president’s supporters began chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!” as they stormed the United States Capitol building.
Pence had long been one of Trump’s most loyal and dedicated political allies, although that apparently changed after the Secret Service had to rush him to safety to avoid betting attacked by an angry mob of Trump supporters.
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