In true-to-Trump form, our President took to Twitter this Wednesday to shame Nordstrom’s on their recent decision to discontinue carrying Ivanka Trump’s clothing line in their department stores.
Ethics experts are, however, beginning to question the power our new president has behind his fingers. In a recent article featured on NBC News, Norm Eisen, chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington told MSNBC, “This is the behavior of a Mafia don defending his turf, not the president of the United States.”
People are concerned because President Trump seems to be using his social media platform to intimidate a private business for the personal interests of himself and those close to him.
This also draws criticism because it is in close relation with an incident that followed Thursday morning, when Kellyanne Conway gave what she referred to as simply a “free commerical” for Ivankas clothing line during an interview with Fox from the White House briefing room.
A couple video clips from the interview can be found at this Buzzfeed link.
According to the same article from NBC News, “The comments appeared to violate federal ethics rules preventing federal employees from using their offices to endorse products or services. CREW and Public Citizen, another nonpartisan group, fired off letters to the Office of Government Ethics and the White House counsel demanding an investigation.”
But what these ethics experts seem to find more troublesome than Conway’s comments, is still Trump’s tweet. They say the conflict between the POTUS and Nordstrom’s brings about questions on whether he is using government influence to steer money into his inner circle.