President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked Nordstrom for dropping the clothing line of his daughter Ivanka Trump.
“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” he tweeted, not making the connection between the claim that she is a great person with the sales of her clothing line, or how Nordstrom was being unfair to her.
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
Last week, the Seattle-based retail giant said that it would no longer carry Ivanka Trump’s brand of clothing and accessories. Shortly following Nordstrom’s announcement, upscale retail giant Neiman Marcus made a similar statement.
Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, is employed by the White House as a senior adviser to President Trump, a matter which has been the source of great controversy in light of rules anti-nepotism rules, which Trump claims are not violated. While Ivanka Trump does not have an official role within the White House, it is generally known that she has great influence over her father, as Trump, himself, admits in his tweet.
While the store has been under great pressure by activists to stop carrying the first daughter’s line, it said that its reason for doing so was not related to the pressure, but to lagging sales. “We’ve got thousands of brands,” a Nordstrom spokesperson said last week. “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.”
President Trump’s tweet is the latest occasion on which the President has used his position to advance his family’s business interests, something that has been the subject of great controversy, demonstrating the outright conflicts of interest from which the President seem incapable of and, even worse, unwilling to separating himself.