Last week, several companies, including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus announced they will no longer sell Ivanka Trump’s fashion collection, citing poor Brand’s Performance. That didn’t sit well with president Donald Trump. So he did what he does best… well, you know.
On Wednesday morning, the thin-skinned president fired off a tweet attacking Nordstrom, saying that the department store has treated his eldest daughter, Ivanka, “so unfairly.”
Nordstrom said the brand had poor sales, but the move came in the wake of a social media campaign calling for a boycott of businesses selling Trump-branded wares.
“We’ve got thousands of brands —more than 2,000 offered on the site alone,” said a spokesperson for the Nordstrom, which has nearly 350 stores under various banners across North America. “Reviewing their merit and making edits is part of the regular rhythm of our business. Each year we cut about 10 percent and refresh our assortment with about the same amount. In this case, based on the brand’s performance we’ve decided not to buy it for this season.”
Trump’s attack on Nordstrom is just the latest example highlighting the many conflicts of interest that tie together his business interests and the presidency.
Trump has singled out companies before, but this time he set his sights on a business directly affecting his daughter’s own.
“Knowing that he’s doing it just for his family’s business interest is disturbing,” says Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
“The real question to ask,” he adds, “is how does it benefit Kushner?” While Ivanka Trump does not have an official role in the White House, her husband, Jared Kushner, is a top adviser to the president.
Ethics lawyers have repeatedly called Trump’s attempt at separating himself from his businesses before taking office insufficient. Last month, CREW filed a lawsuit against Trump for violating the Constitution on the grounds that he is receiving payments from foreign governments.