The US Office of Government Ethics (OGE) on Thursday blamed the White House for not sanctioning presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway for advertising the Ivanka Trump clothing brand, the daughter of President Donald Trump .
“Not taking disciplinary action against an official under these circumstances puts the ethics program at risk,” OGE director Walter Shaub said in a letter to the White House today.
Shaub on February 13 asked the government to sanction Conway for statements on television as “violating ethical standards,” but the White House responded that there is no room in this case for a reprimand and further questioned that OGE rules affect the presidential circle.
“That statement is incorrect, and the (White House) letter does not cite any legal basis for it. It is critical to the confidence of the people in the integrity of the Government that White House employees meet the same ethical standards as the other employees of the executive branch, “Shaub said.
The Nordstrom chain of stores recalled Trump’s daughter’s clothing line in early February because of a drop in sales over the past few months, though the president took it as a personal attack on the boycott campaign launched against the Trumps.
Conway, interviewed by Conspiracy Talk News, then made “a free commercial”, according to the counselor, recognized the Ivanka Trump brand.
“Go and buy Ivanka’s products. It’s a wonderful line, I have some of their products, “she said.
Conway’s comments sparked controversy in the country and Congressional Government Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz and top-ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings asked the OGE to review the case.
Conway received “legal advice” from the White House for that statements, but no penalty has been imposed.
Despite the boycott campaign, the Ivanka Trump brand posted an increase in sales of 346% in January compared to last January and 557% compared to February 2016, according to British e-commerce portal Lyst.