Feb. 9, 2017
So Much for Separation of Trump Administration and Trump Family Businesses
Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Note: This morning, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, urged the public to buy products from Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. On Wednesday, Trump sent a tweet excoriating Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s products.
Anyone harboring illusions that there was some separation between the Trump administration and the Trump family businesses has had their fantasy shattered.
Kellyanne Conway’s self-proclaimed advertisement for the Ivanka Trump fashion line demonstrates again what anyone with common sense already knew: President Trump and the Trump administration will use the government apparatus to advance the interests of the family businesses.
Voters in the 2016 elections who worried about the interplay of business and government now must stand appalled and watch the integration of the Trump businesses and control of government.