China says trademarks registered equally as Ivanka Trump gets more approved

  • China says trademarks registered equally as Ivanka Trump gets more approved

China says trademarks registered equally as Ivanka Trump gets more approved

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.

AP reported, without providing sources or links, that the trademarks were approved on the same night that Trump and Ivanka's husband dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago, Fla. home, adding that they ate "steak and Dover sole".

Trademarks can be signs of corporate ambition, though many countries - such as China, where "trademark squatting" is rampant - also allow for defensive filings to prevent copycats from using a brand. Criminal conflict-of-interest law prohibits federal officials from participating in government matters that could impact their own financial interest or that of their spouses. On the April 18 edition of MSNBC's For The Record, former Fox host and longtime Trump apologist Greta Van Susteren disagreed with her entire panel - Politico's Daniel Lippman, the Chicago Sun Times' Lynn Sweet, and USA Today's Eliza Collins - while defending Ivanka Trump.

It is hardly unheard of for a president to lean on family members for both official and unofficial counsel. Last month, when Ivanka Trump's unique White House role began to come into focus, ethics experts immediately pointed out numerous potential problems.

Ivanka Trump and Kushner have taken on prominent roles as China interlocutors in the administration.

March 3, 2017: Ivanka Trump is photographed disembarking from Air Force One in a stripe asymmetrical skirt from her own collection, available on for $45.

As the President got ready to sell his latest executive order to the American public, an overhaul of the H-1B skilled worker visa program, under his "Buy American, Hire American" slogan, Ivanka Trump appeared to be busy protecting the real emerald of the Trump family's vast business empire: China. Monica Marder, vice president of sales for the Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry Collection, sent out a "style alert" blast to fashion journalists so reporters could know that Ivanka's "favorite bangle from the Metropolis Collection" was available at two price points.

Meanwhile, her husband has taken steps to distance himself from his sprawling NY real estate business, divesting some of his business interests including his stake in a major Fifth Avenue skyscraper. She popped into the Chinese Embassy with her 5-year-old daughter, Arabella Kushner. 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. But it's not at all clear the necessary recusals are taking place, much less even being contemplated.

According to the AP, Ivanka Trump's lawyer Jamie Gorelick insists that her client would recuse herself from specific discussions about duties paid on clothing imported from China, but not from broad discussions of trade with China or foreign policy.

"It is our responsibility to diligently protect our trademark", she said. Her jewelry company emails a "style alert" to reporters noting that she wore one of her "favorite" bangles, a $10,800 bracelet from her own collection, on the show.

As Painter, Eisen, and Canter put it, "we have serious questions about how all these recusals can be fully implemented and monitored - and whether they will be". These concerns are particularly sharp in China, where the courts and bureaucracy reflect the will of the ruling Communist Party.