Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, may have just violated a federal law when she promoted Ivanka Trump’s products in a television interview.
During an appearance on Fox and Friends this morning, Conway talked about Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, and at the end of the interview, she explicitly promoted Ivanka Trump’s products and told viewers to go buy them.
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you,” Conway said. “I hate shopping, and I’m gonna go get some on myself today.”
She also said that she was giving Ivanka’s products a “free commercial” with this interview.
This seems to be a violation of Federal Ethics Code Section 5 CFR 2635.702, which states that no executive employee may endorse a product.
“An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office to endorse any product, service or enterprise ” the code reads.
The Federal Ethics Code also states that an employee “shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product…or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity…”
It’s unclear whether Conway violated this part of the ethics code,
This comes after President Donald Trump attacked Nordstrom on Twitter for their decision to drop Ivanka Trump’s clothing label. This was then retweeted by the official @POTUS Twitter account.
And in November, after Ivanka Trump appeared in an interview on 60 Minutes, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry sent out an email promoting the $10,800 bracelet she wore on the show.