In 2018, China Approved 16 Trademarks For Ivanka, Including ‘Voting Machines’
Presidential daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump was granted initial approval for 16 trademarks in China last year on products ranging from handbags to voting machines.
CNBC reported at the time that the trademarks also included nursing homes, sausage casing, shoes, wedding dresses and jewelry, and they were all applied for in 2016.
Government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) noted the approvals came “while her father continues to wage a trade war with China” and said the matter raised “ethics questions.”
“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 said. “Her trademarks remain a potential conflict of interest as she continues to work on policy in the White House and meet with foreign leaders.”
CNBC noted that the approvals came just three months after she shut down her clothing line last year, though Trump has said she is unsure when or if she will return to business.
The timing of the trademark approvals — which were the second batch to be greenlit by the Chinese government — also raised red flags, 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,” the group noted.
And in 2017, Trump’s business “received three new Chinese trademarks on the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping.”
The president’s daughter continues to hit the world stage representing the Trump administration, most recently at the United Nations General Assembly last week.