On Thursday, the White House said that president Donald Trump’s top adviser Kellyanne Conway had been “counseled”. The reason for this was one of her television appearances during which she promoted the clothing and the jewelry line belonging to the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. According to some experts, Conway violated a federal ethics rule which bans any kind of promotion, financial or of any kind, for an associate. Press secretary Sean Spicer did not offer any more details about the supposed “counseling”.
Criticism and more criticism
Kellyanne Conway’s television appearance was one of the most criticized events of the last few days. Even Republicans agreed that she did not do the right thing. Republican lawmaker House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz stated that her comments about Ivanka Trump’s brand were “wrong, wrong, wrong”. Him, along with another Republican, Elijah E. Cummings, wrote a letter which they sent to the Office of Government Ethics. In the letter, they are complaining about Conway’s comments and say that they are absolutely “unacceptable”. Moreover, they also recommend discipline for Trump’s counselor.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, talked with reporters on Thursday. He stated that Conway had been “counseled” over what she said on television. However, he failed to mention any more details or if she was or would be disciplined. In an interview, also on Thursday, Conway said that the president supports her actions.
It seems like this recent event only proves that the Trump administration is in the midst of a learning curve to being President. Donald Trump might be trying to keep a balance between his position and his family’s businesses. Now that he is President Trump and not Candidate Trump he is learning quickly things you can and can’t do as a public servant. Many critics expressed their concern that Trump, as the president of the United States, might give in the temptation to use that power to gain profit or promote his family’s businesses. There are rules dictating what public servants can and can’t say regarding family and business. It is an unneeded distraction that the Trump Administration does not need.
The presidential family is doing a great job firing back at opposition. This is what first lady Melania Trump did when she filed a lawsuit against the Daily Mail. The publication wrote a false article in which they claimed that she was once an “elite escort”. According to the lawsuit, this deeply hurt her chances of taking a “once in a lifetime opportunity” at expanding her brand of accessories and jewelry. Also, the lawsuit claimed that the article affected her business and her public image too. Especially now, when she is in the spotlight as the new first lady of the United States.
Ivanka Trump also owns a business which sells clothes, accessories and many other products. Everyone can find those in stores all over the country. She too mixed business with her new position of power shortly after her father became president of the United States. Famous retailer Norstrom actually gave up on selling Ivanka’s products in their stores a few days ago. This prompted a harsh response from Donald Trump on Twitter. Kellyanne Conway probably wanted to promote Ivanka’s brand amid the many problems it currently has. However, everyone agreed that it was not the best way to do that.
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