Ivanka Trump decided it would be a great idea to take a photo of herself holding a can of Goya black beans and post it on Twitter with a message:
“If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno.”
If it’s Goya, it has to be good.
Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020
There is, however, one major problem with what Ivanka did: Since she’s a senior White House adviser, her posting on social media is in direct violation of federal ethics law, as The Independent notes:
“No sooner had she done this than critics pointed out that as a formally employed advisor to the president, Ms Trump is forbidden from endorsing products by a federal ethics provision under the heading ‘use of public office for private gain.’
“The section Ms Trump is being mocked for violation reads: ‘An employee shall not use or permit the use of his government position or title or any authority associated with his public office to endorse any product, service or enterprise.'”
Has your account been hacked @IvankaTrump? I sure hope so. Because as a White House official – Senior Advisor and all that – surely you know this is a Federal ethics violation? https://t.co/AL8CDWdTSn
— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) July 15, 2020
Federal officials are barred from using their office “for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise.”
In 2017, Kellyanne Conway was “counseled” by the White House for promoting Ivanka Trump’s fashion line during a live TV appearance from the briefing room. https://t.co/O83hey7RcN
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) July 15, 2020
You’re kidding me, right? No ethics left in this White House on issues big or small.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 15, 2020
We can’t have people who work in administrations holding up products and promoting them. It’s unethical. I don’t care if you love or hate the product or stand with or against the product in times of controversy. No official administration rep should be doing product promotion.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) July 15, 2020
The sooner we get the Trumps out of the White House, the sooner we can put an end to the crime spree they’ve been on since Donald assumed office.
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