White House Says it ‘Absolutely Backs’ Kellyanne Conway After Ethics Violation on National TV

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Kellyanne Conway

The White House has issued a statement supporting Kellyanne Conway, who has been under attack by critics for plugging Ivanka Trump’s shoe line on national television.

A statement issued by the White House on Thursday evening states that Trump “absolutely” supports Kellyanne Conway.

According to the Associated Press, the White House stated that Trump didn’t see her interview on Fox News. However, a spokeswoman from the White House stated:

“[Trump] understands she was merely sticking up for a wonderful woman who she has great respect for and felt was treated unfairly.”

On Wednesday, Trump posted an angry tweet criticizing Nordstrom for dropping the Ivanka Trump line due to poor sales.

“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by . She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”

Following Trump’s Twitter rant, Kellyanne Conway told viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” during an interview on Fox & Friends on Thursday morning. Conway told the audience:

“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you. “It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully — I’m going to just, I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman for the House Oversight Committee, criticized Conway and urged the Office of Government Ethics to review her probable violation of ethics rules.

AP reports that Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, announced that afternoon that Conway would be counseled, and Trump complained that the announcement made it sound as though Conway was in trouble.

Conway is accountable to ethics regulations as a federal employee, who are restricted from using their office “for the endorsement of any product, service, or enterprise.” However, Conway works directly for Trump, and it seems unlikely that he would choose to discipline her.

Stuart Gilman, formerly a special assistant to the director of the Office of Government ethics told AP:

“For whatever reason, the White House staff evidently believes that they are protected from the law the same way the president and vice president are.”

Conway posted a smug tweet on Friday morning stating that she had Trump’s support.

“POTUS supports me, and millions of Americans support him & his agenda”

Trump and his administration seemed to be hitting some legal snags with this agenda, and this ethics violation by his adviser, Kellyanne Conway, may just be a bellwether for the remainder of his term in office. Trump’s executive order to halt travel into the U.S. by the citizens of seven targeted nations has recently been ruled against in an appeals court. And Conway may not be able to wheedle out of this one, despite Trump’s support. Trump doesn’t seem to understand that he’s in the executive branch, not the judicial branch, and cannot interpret the law of the land to please himself.


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