The myriad goods affected by President Donald Trump's tariffs targeting $100 billion in Chinese imports will not include the clothing industry, according to a report by The Washington Post, providing a sweet deal for American companies holding trademarks in China -- and that includes the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump.
A recent report by the Huffington Post found that the president’s daughter and closest adviser rakes in a total of $1.5 million a year from the Trump Organization while still working at the White House.
Though U.S. trade representative Robert E. Lighthizer said that algorithms were used in determining the list of targeted goods and both clothing and toys were avoided in an effort to realize the "lowest consumer impact" possible, the benefit to Ivanka's company is difficult to ignore; and this is hardly the first time concerns have arisen that the Trump administration could be manipulating public policy for personal gain.
The clearest example of this ethical line-blurring comes from early in the Trump presidency, when Ivanka dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Trump family’s resort in West Palm Beach on the same day China approved three new trademarks for Ivanka’s company.
And as many Americans are well aware, this ethical line-blurring permeates the Trump administration, starting with the president himself:
President Donald Trump himself owns a number of trademarks in China through the Trump Organization and also faces a wide range of conflicts of interest stemming from the business. Trump has at least 123 registered and provisionally approved trademarks in China. The Trump Organization says that the Chinese trademarks under his name have been transferred to DTTM Operations — a holding company — and that they “have nothing whatsoever to do with Mr. Trump,” according to a Trump Organization lawyer.