First daughter Ivanka Trump has landed herself in hot water. This as Citizens for Responsibiliy and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics about promoting Goya products on her official social media pages.
From The Washington Examiner:
The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sent a letter on Friday to the Honorable Emory Rounds, the director of the government agency, asking him to determine whether the president’s daughter and adviser violated Standards of the Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch.
The issue stems from posts to Twitter and Facebook in which Trump was holding a can of Goya beans with the caption, “If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno.”Goya CEO Robert Unanue inspired a boycott after praising President Trump at a recent event at the White House.
“The circumstances would lead any reasonable person to conclude her Goya Foods posts represented an official government endorsement intended to counteract the negative effect of any boycott,” CREW stated.
Plus added, “In particular, when viewed in the context of President Trump’s own contemporaneous social media messages about the company, any argument to the contrary would be disingenuous. As a result, Ms. Trump appears to have clearly violated the Standards of Conduct barring her from using her government position, title or any authority associated with her public office to endorse any product, service, or enterprise.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told: “As has been reiterated prior, this tweet was made in her personal capacity voicing her personal support. This complaint is another politically-motivated, baseless attack from an organization with a vendetta against all of the administration.”
CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement, “This is not just about beans; it’s another example of a disturbing pattern of this administration acting to benefit the businesses of the president’s supporters. In the midst of a worsening pandemic, senior administration officials should not be focused on the promotion of an ally’s business and should not be providing official incentives for businesses to support them politically. Senior Trump officials continue to act like ethics laws to not apply to them.” A serious set of charges made.