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Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway used her time on air with Fox & Friends Thursday morning to tell viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff!” Kellyanne Conway tells “Fox & Friends” viewers from the White House briefing room. pic.twitter.com/noIhnVgcAk
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) February 9, 2017
“I’m going to give it a free commercial here, go buy it today,” Conway continued.
Kellaynne Conway on Fox: “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you”…”I’m going to give it a free commercial here, go buy it today.”
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) February 9, 2017
Conway encouraged viewers to purchase Ivanka Trump’s fashion collection, potentially violating ethics rules, one day after Donald tweeted that his daughter “has been treated so unfairly” by Nordstrom, after the retailer confirmed last week that it would stop carrying her brand beginning in the fall, citing declining sales.
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
Many on social media were quick to point out that the tweet could be an example of Trump using his office to manipulate stock prices and influence the family business, a clear conflict of interest, even going so far as to tag the Office of Government Ethics (@OfficeGovEthics) on their comments. Trump’s post was retweeted by the official @POTUS account, while his original post has garnered 128,000 likes.
A Nordstrom spokesperson told THR: “We’ve said all along we make buying decisions based on performance. We’ve got thousands of brands — more than 2,000 offered on the site alone. Reviewing their merit and making edits is part of the regular rhythm of our business. Each year we cut about 10 percent and refresh our assortment with about the same amount. In this case, based on the brand’s performance we’ve decided not to buy it for this season.”
Although Nordstrom’s stock initially took a tumble after Trump’s tweet, it quickly recovered.
At 10:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Nordstrom’s stock price (which opened at $42.33) dipped to $42.50, down 62 cents from a high of $43.12 roughly an hour before. However, the stock started increasing just five minutes later. By the 4 p.m. close, Nordstrom’s stock had climbed to $44.53, up $1.75 from the previous day’s close of $42.78.
During Thursday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked if he believed Conway crossed an ethical line with her comments.
“Kellyanne has been counseled and that’s all we’re going to go on,” he replied. “She’s been counseled on that subject and that’s it.”
According to the Associated Press, members of the House Oversight Committee called for an ethics review of Conway’s comments, which Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings have said could “constitute an explicit endorsement and advertisement for Ivanka Trump’s personal business.”
Conway later appeared on Fox News to confirm the letter, saying the White House is “aware of that letter and we’re reviewing it internally.”
She then said Trump supports her “100 percent.”
“I’m just really happy that I spent a lot of time with the president of the United States this afternoon and that he supports me 100 percent,” she said on Fox & Friends. When asked if Trump planned to suspend her over the remarks, she again reiterated his support.
“We spoke about a range of matters, and he supports me 100 percent,” she said. “In fact, it was a very heartening moment. All I can say to America’s women is, at some point in our life you ought to have a boss who that treated me the way that the president of the United States treated me today.”
Feb. 9, 2:30 p.m. ET: Updated with White House press briefing.
6:30 p.m. Updated with call for ethics review.
Feb. 10, 11:40 a.m.: Updated with Conway on Fox & Friends.
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