First daughter and senior presidential adviser Ivanka Trump has significant business interests worldwide. She, like her father, has not divested herself from those business interests. In fact, she has continued to grow her companies. Ivanka has recently received many trademarks for products in China.
In October, the Chinese government gave Ivanka’s business initial approval for 16 new trademarks. The trademarks will cover a sweepingly wide range of products. The trademarks will cover Ivanka Trump branded nursing homes, sausage casings, shoes, wedding dresses, and voting machines, among other items.
The new Chinese trademarks come only 3 months after Ivanka closed her clothing line amidst protest and retailers refused to carry the products. According to the public interest group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the trademarks also come “while her father continues to wage a trade war with China.”
CREW said that the recent trademark approvals are only the latest trademarks to be approved for Ivanka’s business in China and that they raise “ethical questions.” CREW posted a statement saying, “Since she has retained her foreign trademarks, the public will continue to have to ask whether President Trump has made foreign policy decisions in the interest of his and his family’s businesses.” CREW continued, “Her trademarks remain a potential conflict of interest as she continues to work on policy in the White House and meet with foreign leaders.”
CREW also pointed to two other occasions on which Ivanka was granted trademarks by the Chinese government. On both of those occasions, Trump administration policy favoring China seemed to coincide with the trademark approvals.
CREW said, “In May 2018, Ivanka Trump’s business received approval for several new Chinese trademarks a week before President Trump announced that he wanted to lift the ban on the Chinese company ZTE, for violating US sanctions.”
CREW also pointed out, “In 2017, the business received three new Chinese trademarks on the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping.”