Donald Trump’s daughter and rumored acting First Lady, Ivanka Trump, has had a pretty rough week. Recently, several major retail outlets have announced that they will no longer carry Ivanka’s merchandise.
So far, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Belk, Jet.com, and the Home Shopping Network have decided to no longer offer Ivanka Trump branded goods. The companies cite weak sales for their decision. However, the president believes that they are punishing his daughter because of him. On Twitter, Trump lashed out at Nordstrom accusing the retailer of treating his daughter “unfairly.”
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president’s tweet was justified and accused Nordstrom and other retailers of launching a direct attack on Trump’s “policies and [Ivanka Trump’s] name.”
Many speculate that retailers are also being influenced by a growing boycott movement of all Trump branded merchandise and services.
On Wednesday, there are reports that the U.S. retailer TJ Maxx has taken steps to obscure their involvement with the controversial first daughter. According to a Business Insider report, the retailer sent out a memo to its employees instructing them to discard all Ivanka Trump merchandising signs. TJ Maxx employees were reportedly told not to display Trump’s wears separately, but rather to mix them in with the other inventory.
“Effective immediately, please remove all Ivanka Trump merchandise from features and mix into the [normal clothing racks],” the note read, according to the Times. “All Ivanka Trump signs should be discarded.”
When asked to comment, a TJ Maxx representative refused to confirm or deny if the merchandising signs were being thrown away.
“At this time, we continue to offer this line of merchandise,” Erica Tower, a spokeswoman for TJ Maxx owner TJX Companies, told Business Insider. “From time to time, we communicate with our stores about how to handle merchandise. The communication we sent instructed stores to mix this line of merchandise into our racks, not to remove it from the sales floor.”
Meanwhile, a representative for Ivanka Trump’s brand put a more positive spin on recent events.
“The Ivanka Trump brand continues to expand across categories and distribution with increased customer support, leading us to experience significant year-over-year revenue growth in 2016,” Rosemary Young, a senior director of marketing, told Business Insider.
It looks like Trump may have found his next press secretary.
While this story is amusing on its face, it also highlights the growing concerns regarding Donald Trump’s unresolved conflicts of interest. For a father to be upset with a company for dropping his daughter’s clothing line may be understandable, but when that father is a sitting U.S. president, he’s not afforded the luxury of dressing down a company on social media or anywhere else. Just imagine if Nordstrom suffers a bad quarter or couple of quarters and decides to sue Donald Trump for using his office to hurt their revenue?
But when a president has already had at least 50 federal lawsuits filed against him since he took office, what’s one more on the pile right?
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