Ivanka Trump’s company has filed 14 additional trademark applications in China. A possible conflict of interest?
This is the latest wave of trademark applications filed by the Trump family companies. Last year, Ivanka Trump’s company filed 36 applications.
Although not forbidden of course, these trademark applications raise ethical concerns over the Trump family’s business ties while holding public office. Her father, Donald Trump, was granted a trademark earlier, coincidentally just after he has visited China (see our earlier post).
Ivanka Trump stepped down from her management role in her company when she became a White House advisor. Her attorneys have stated that her assets have been transferred to a trust and she would recuse herself of policy matters, like trade agreements, that could affect her business. But still, she retains possession of an ownership stake in her company.