China Says Ivanka Trump Trademark Requests Handled Properly

China Says Ivanka Trump Trademark Requests Handled Properly

While using the prestige of a government position to make money is distasteful, it is not illegal. However, criminal conflict of interest law explicitly prohibits government officials from participating in any government matter that could influence their finances.

The Chinese government granted Ivanka Trump's company new trademarks the same day this month she and her husband Jared Kushner met with the president of China, according to a report. Host Anderson Cooper followed the report with a discussion with Richard Painter, a former White House counsel and ethics watchdog under President George W. Bush.

That same day, China grants her company preliminary approval for three trademarks that confer monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services in the world's second-largest economy.

Federal employees such as Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who is also a senior adviser to the president, are barred from making government decisions that benefit their financial holdings. "It raises questions whether there was any favoritism, would a country be less likely to challenge a trademark or refuse a trademark knowing that they're doing this for the daughter of a president who advises the president", he asks.

In a statement, her lawyer says, "Ivanka has had no involvement with trademark applications submitted by the business".

Trump is no longer running the brand, and she has shifted its assets to a family-run trust valued at more than $50 million.

"China, however, remains a nagging concern", AP reported. "I would never have allowed it", said Norman Eisen, chief White House ethics lawyer under Barack Obama. During the Mar-a-Lago meetings, her daughter, 5-year-old Arabella, stood in a gilded room and sang a traditional Chinese song, in Mandarin, for China's president, Xi Jinping.

D'Innocenzio reported from NY.

"You can't separate Ivanka from her role in her life and her business", Allen Adamson, founder of BrandSimpleConsulting told AP. US imports of her merchandise grew an estimated 40 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to Panjiva Inc., which maintains and analyzes global shipping records.

But the focus on this aspect of Ivanka Trump's role dangerously obscures something else that is at least as important about her: her conduct inside the White House is vexed by the same controversial conflicts of interest plaguing the president himself.

Gorelick said her client would recuse herself from certain policy matters, like trade agreements, that are specific enough to affect her line of clothing and accessories. "You can find it online", Conway said. In China alone the company has 32 pending trademarks.

A Washington D.C. -based ethics group has even added "gratuitous Chinese trademarks" to its list of ways that Trump has allegedly violated the emoluments clauses of the US Constitution in a lawsuit that was originally filed soon after he took office.

"The brand has filed, updated, and rigorously protected its worldwide trademarks over the past several years in the normal course of business, especially in regions where trademark infringement is rampant", said Abigail Klem, president of the brand in a statement.

In February this year, the New York Times reviewed nine databases, which showed that Trump companies hold about 400 registered foreign trademarks in 28 countries since 2000.

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