To suggest that Trump will actually be staying out of the world of his family businesses while serving as president is patently ludicrous. Yes, for Trump to keep ties to his many globe-spanning private business ventures while serving as president, as he has done and continues to do, is problematic on a number of legal and ethical levels. No, Donald Trump does not care.
He took family business matters into his own hands yet again with a Wednesday morning tweet, addressing the troubles that his daughter Ivanka’s brand has been facing lately.
Trump wrote on Twitter, “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
Ivanka’s brand was dropped from Nordstrom recently, with the store citing declining sales that made it unprofitable for them to keep the brand on the shelves. The store made no reference to the obvious political undertones of the Ivanka Trump brand, opting to instead note quite simply that they drop up to ten percent of the brands carried by the store on a yearly basis in an effort to keep store profits up.
After her brand was dropped, an Ivanka Trump spokesperson issued a statement citing the Trump brand as more than just profits, but also representative of a level of “integrity” unique to the company – or something. What the statement got wrong, and what Trump’s tweet about the subject gets wrong, is that businesses in the real world don’t operate based on “integrity” or based on “fairness.” Rather, businesses operate based on what makes them the most money.
Although Trump would have you believe otherwise, Nordstrom did not take a personal jab at Ivanka by dropping her brand from their shelves. Nordstrom simply did what was right for their business. There is a big difference.
Again though, besides the fact that Trump’s argument is dubious at best, there is also the fact that for Trump to involve himself in this issue at all is a clear exercise of conflict of interest in his role as the president of the United States.