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China says Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly

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Ivanka Trump right walks with her husband Jared Kushner senior adviser to the president to a news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House in W

She and her husband Jared Kushner are constantly portrayed as a kind of collective voice of calm, poise, and reason, who are prevailing over the tempestuous Stephen Bannon and his efforts to push President Donald Trump over the edge of the precipice of extremism.

According to the Associated Press, "global sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged" since President Trump took office.

"Her celebrity status is now not only be fueled by her wealth and her family connection, but by her huge role in the White House".

A request for comment from the Ivanka Trump brand, sent by WWD outside of regular USA business hours, was not received by press time. "She has retained authority to direct the trustees to terminate agreements that she determines create a conflict of interest or the appearance of one".

The clothing company isn't Ivanka Trump's only asset to raise ethical questions.

Three of those approvals were granted April 6, the day Ivanka Trump and her husband sat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife for dinner at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Last month, for instance, it was revealed that he received preliminary approval for trademarks in China covering a full range of apparel, from men's suiting and wedding dresses to halter tops and ponchos, all bearing his name.

China's Foreign Ministry is defending a decision to grant Ivanka Trump new trademark rights for her line of handbags, jewelry and spa services. She also has a large ownership stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington that is valued at $5 million to $25 million, according to financial disclosure forms. Painter blasted the president and the entire Trump family for treating the White House like "a wonderful business opportunity" while noting that "foreign governments all over the world" are likely to offer Trump's children favorable and lucrative business arrangements in order to curry favor with the White House. Last month, when Ivanka Trump's unique White House role began to come into focus, ethics experts immediately pointed out numerous potential problems.

"I think that's wonderful for Ivanka that her businesses are doing well, and everything would be just fine if she wasn't also working in the White House", Painter said.

March 3, 2017: Ivanka Trump is photographed disembarking from Air Force One in a stripe asymmetrical skirt from her own collection, available on Lyst.com for $45. Currently, Ivanka works as an unpaid adviser to her father, President Trump, and has top-secret security clearance and a West Wing office. The AP report notes that USA imports of Ivanka Trump merchandise manufactured in Asia increased approximately 40 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

The first daughter was forced to release a statement vowing to keep her business separate from her political post over a backlash following her meeting with Xi Jinping. It's not confirmed whether these were the exact words President Xi used, or a misunderstanding on President Trump's part, or even an interpretation error.

Questions regarding conflicts of interest swirl around the US president and his vast business empire, too.

"Ivanka has so many China ties and conflicts, yet she and Jared appear deeply involved in China contacts and policy", Norman Eisen, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer under Barack Obama said in the AP report.

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