President Trump tweets a 140-character missive at the retail giant.
- President Trump says Ivanka has been treated “so unfairly” by Nordstrom.
- Hotair asks, “Does anyone on either side of the Trump divide honestly believe posting this is a good idea?”
- Trump’s critics decry his tweet as a ‘conflict of interest’
- One writer suggests, “If Democrats were in charge of the House or Senate right now, there would almost certainly already be ethics hearings ongoing”
Some wonder why President Trump took time from his busy schedule to criticize Nordstrom for its treatment of Ivanka. Nordstrom — a clothing giant — recently announced it would no longer sell any brands carrying Ivanka’s name. Trump, being both alpha and fatherly, spent … maybe … 2 minutes of his day to defend his daughter in a tweet. Politicos across the web are salivating for a Democratic takeover of the House or Senate in 2018 to open an ethics hearing on the subject.
Lay aside policy disputes, “conservatism vs. nationalism” arguments, squabbling about Trump’s character, etc. Consider this tweet, in which he addresses the news of Nordstrom’s dropping Ivanka’s fashion line, in isolation. Does anyone on either side of the Trump divide honestly believe posting this is a good idea? Even from a standpoint of pure self-interest, how does this make Trump’s life easier rather than harder?
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
The biggest scandal trap for Trump at this stage of his presidency lies in conflicts of interest with his businesses. The media’s keeping an eye on that trust he promised to set up to separate himself from his private ventures, but right now the separation’s so thin you can barely see daylight through it. He’s using a revocable trust, not an irrevocable one, which means Trump can reclaim control of his assets at any time. And it’s being managed not by independent trustees, who’d be empowered to make decisions free from influence by Trump himself, but by two of the people who are closest to him in the world — Donald Jr and Allen Weisselberg, CFO of the Trump Organization.
If Democrats were in charge of the House or Senate right now, there would almost certainly already be ethics hearings ongoing; if they retake either chamber in 2018, investigations into cronyism and Trump profiting from his office will be at the top of their agenda. Until then, Trump should be doing everything in his power to create at least the appearance of separation from his family’s business interests, to reassure the public that he’s focused solely on the public good and that his family’s not cashing in on their new political influence.