Ethics Office Says Conway Should Have Been Disciplined For Plugging Trump Products

The Huffington Post
Mary Papenfuss

The Office of Government Ethics has slammed the White House for failing to take disciplinary action against presidential counsel Kellyanne Conway for plugging Ivanka Trump’s fashion line on national TV.

In a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump’s deputy counsel, Stefan Passatino, ethics Director Walter Shaub underlined serious concerns about the Trump administration’s “extraordinary assertion” that White House employees like Conway are not subject to ethics regulations.

The White House has said that Conway was “counseled” — but nothing more — after she urged TV viewers during an interview last month to buy products from Ivanka Trump’s line. “I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody,” Conway said on Fox News.

The comments followed a tweet by Trump attacking Nordstrom department store for treating his daughter “so unfairly” and dropping her products. Nordstrom said the products weren’t selling.

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