Between President Trump’s tweetertantrum about how his daughter was being treated unfairly when Nordstrom dumped her brand to Kellyanne Conway’s “free commercial” for the brand, the ethics committee is about to blow.
On Thursday morning’s Fox & Friends television show Conway voiced her opinion about Ivanka’s sagging sales and “unfair treatment.” Conway stated on air:
Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would say. I hate shopping – I’m going to buy stuff today. It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it. I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.
Though White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, made little to do about it when questioned, stating that Conway had been counselled, and Conway herself shrugged it off, the Democratic Oversight leader, Elijah Cummings wrote a letter to the White House to put Conway’s actions up for review and possible disciplinary actions.
Beyond that, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington wrote to both the director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Schaub, and White House counsel, Donald McGahn, demanding an investigation be opened into Conway’s actions. An excerpt from the letter stated:
We are concerned about what appears to be a pattern developing of the use of official offices, particularly the White House and the executive office of the president to benefit business interests of relatives and supporters of the president.
Apparently the White House is now no better than the Home Shopping Network. Maybe they will start a 24 hour television channel hocking all of the Trump’s merch at discount rates…
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