Conflicts of Interest

Even before Trump became president there were serious concerns about conflicts of interest between the Trump president and Trump business man. It has been strangely quiet lately in regards trumps business dealings while being president. However, as soon as Nordstrom removed Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand from its lineup Trump started tweeting;

Nordstrom Inc. said last week that its decision to cut Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand from its lineup was purely a business decision and not based on protests like that from the Grab Your Wallet campaign. Nordstrom’s stock briefly tanked after the Trump tweet but came back stronger right away. So Trumps ire appears to have helped Norstrom in the long run. However, other companies may not be that lucky…

it is really amazing that the president of the United States spends his time targeting a retailer that removed his daughter’s products from the stores. But it gets better:

A day after Trumps tweet, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, stated the following in an interview with Fox News:

Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would say,

I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today everybody, you can find it online.

line.”

Federal ethics rules state that an employee of the government’s executive branch “shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.” Legal experts said Ms. Conway appeared to have violated those rules.

“You couldn’t think of a clearer example of violating the ban of using your government position as kind of a walking billboard for products or services offered by a private individual,” said Laurence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard. “She is attempting quite crudely to enrich Ivanka and therefore the president’s family.”

What is interesting is that the president is exempt from the ethics rules (scary) but Ms. Conway is not.

What i am really concerned is that we are getting used to these types of behaviors  just on the grounds that they are becoming common place.

So let’s remember what is right and what is wrong, because we do know...

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