Ivanka Trump's firm seeks new trademarks in China, reviving ethical concerns

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Business as usual for the plastic princess?

Indeed, despite being employed through sheer nepotism in the administration, the oldest daughter of the president seems to be conducting private business with foreign countries.

Weird how this entire "family" of Trumps seem to constantly not realize the ethical concerns of mixing their businesses with that of the country. Perhaps they are stupid. Perhaps they simply do not care and are seeking to profit personally form trump's presidency.

Ivanka Trump's firm seeks new trademarks in China, reviving ethical concerns - Jun. 4, 2017

[h=2]A trove of Chinese trademark applications filed by Ivanka Trump's namesake business is focusing attention once again on the ethical complications presented by the Trump family's business ties.[/h] At least 14 applications were filed by the Ivanka Trump company on March 28, according to documents reviewed by CNN.


Around the same time, Ivanka Trump -- the person -- joined her father's administration as a White House adviser, noted The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the filings. The Chinese government still needs to review the applications.




The trademark requests cover an array of products, from tapestries and video game equipment to snacks and booze. They come on top of 36 applications the company filed in China last year.


Ivanka Trump's business, which mostly makes clothing and accessories, says the latest trademark applications were filed to block others from profiting off of her name, not because she wants to sell the products in China.
But that's still a problem, says Larry Noble, the general counsel for the nonprofit, nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center,a watchdog group.


He said the family's continued ties to their businesses raise questions about whether their profit motives could influence U.S. relations with other countries.



"China knows that to deny these applications would get a negative reaction from the president, and to expedite their approval would get a positive reaction from the president," Noble said.


"China is a huge market," Noble said, adding that Ivanka Trump's company could "stand to lose a lot if these applications are denied."


The Chinese government has insisted that its trademark review practices are carried out in accordance with the law.


Attorneys for Ivanka Trump did not respond to a request for comment from CNNMoney for this story.
Ivanka Trump resigned from management at her company, and her attorneys have in the past said that she would recuse herself from certain policy matters, like trade agreements, that are specific enough to affect her line of clothing and accessories.


But she still has an ownership stake in the company. And though Ivanka Trump's attorney has said the assets were moved into a trust, her client still stands to benefit from the company's profits.


Brand experts have told CNNMoney that China is a potentially important market for the Ivanka Trump brand. Ivanka Trump isn't as controversial a figure there as she is in the U.S., and Chinese women tend to idolize her femininity and success, they say.


The Ivanka Trump company says the filings are part of the "normal course of business." It said itapplied for these trademarks in China in response to a "surge" in unrelated third parties trying to snag the Ivanka Trump name for themselves.


"It is our responsibility to diligently protect our trademark," the company said in a statement.
Noble said the rationale might be true. But he added that it doesn't make the situation any less alarming. If Ivanka Trump wanted to completely avoid conflicts of interest, she should have either sold her entire stake or kept her company out of foreign markets, he said.


"When you go into government, you make sacrifices," Noble said. "When you're a public servant you're supposed to give 100% of your attention to your work. You're supposed to have the American public as your sole interest."
 
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It's funny how the Trump Cultists who kept telling us during the Campaign how "Trump will get tough with China on trade"...


are now making excuses for Trump praising the Chinese President and Ivanka making money in China....or have gone silent.


Once again, proving it was never about "the issues", even trade, with them...just a cult of personality about Trump.
 
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And they don't want to talk about this, this thread is going down the memory hole, pronto.
Notice how with Rightwing Media (except Ann Coulter) not mentioning it....

the Trump Cult have stopped mentioning "the Border Wall"?


Because RW Media knows it's never going to happen....so they let their audience believe "Trump was betrayed by Repubs in Congress on the Wall" (yet, RW Media will tell them to vote a straight GOP ticket in 2018)....


or even let them try to pretend "Trump never said he'd do it"
 
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Notice how with Rightwing Media (except Ann Coulter) not mentioning it....

the Trump Cult have stopped mentioning "the Border Wall"?


Because RW Media knows it's never going to happen....so they let their audience believe "Trump was betrayed by Repubs in Congress on the Wall" (yet, RW Media will tell them to vote a straight GOP ticket in 2018)....


or even let them try to pretend "Trump never said he'd do it"
Spooky has kept the faith on the Wall, he fervently believes it is just around the corner...
 
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The Republicans and Trump supporters have ceded to Ivanka an ethics pass. No one is going to hold the golden child to any kind of scrutiny.

As long as Republicans give her ethics carte blance...she will never change her spots. She has quickly learned it's good to be the president's daughter. Speak to some phony-baloney issues and claim you are a 'stabilizing' influence on a crazy man....and you can write your own ticket.

People are more upset with Kathy Griffen's fake head stunt than they are with Ivanka Trump using slave prison labor to make her goods.
 
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Spooky has kept the faith on the Wall, he fervently believes it is just around the corner...
Here is the leading design...it's Trump's favorite.

It has a rest station feel. Has windows so Mexicans can see what they are missing and solar panels for free charging stations.

I hope this one wins!
 
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But let me blow up this OP from what is posted in it.


Ivanka Trump's business, which mostly makes clothing and accessories, says the latest trademark applications were filed to block others from profiting off of her name, not because she wants to sell the products in China.


/endthread
 
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But let me blow up this OP from what is posted in it.


Ivanka Trump's business, which mostly makes clothing and accessories, says the latest trademark applications were filed to block others from profiting off of her name, not because she wants to sell the products in China.


/endthread
Yes.

Now I lack the PhD that you claim to have, so how exactly does this blow up the thread?

Please tell me. I woudl like to hear form a man who has a PhD international relations, polling, and game theory.