First Daughter Ivanka Trump took center stage at a female business leaders forum in the White House on Monday, as her own clothing line takes a hit from retailers who are rushing to drop her brand from their stores.
Ivanka attended the round table discussion with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who sat beside her, and her father Donald Trump, who sat across the table from Trudeau.
“I’m honored to be here and really looking forward to hearing from each of you,” she addressed the group of business leaders who attended the event. “As we think about the unique challenges that entrepreneurs, women in the workforce, female small business owners are confronted with each and every day, and as we think (about) how we level the playing field for this generation and for the next.”
The forum was able to establish a task force which seeks to advance female entrepreneurship in both Canada and the United States. It will be referred to as United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders - Female Entrepreneurs.
Ivanka even tweeted out a picture of herself sitting behind the President's desk while she is flanked by her father and Trudeau. She captioned it, "A great discussion with two world leaders about the importance of women having a seat at the table!"
A great discussion with two world leaders about the importance of women having a seat at the table! ???? pic.twitter.com/AtiSiOoho0— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 13, 2017
Which is all well and good ... but, as a prominent business leader in her own right, her growing unofficial profile in the White House has come under scrutiny.
While it is true that Ivanka has no official role, she has come to attend more events in the halls of power. Her father had even remarked that she “is very much involved” in issues pertaining to working women. In addition, her husband Jared Kushner is a Senior advisor to the President.
On January 11, Ivanka posted on her Facebook page that she will no longer be actively involved in running her father's company and her own apparel brand. But according to ProPublica, "she is still listed as running Trump businesses on active state liquor licenses in Florida and New York." And she is still listed as the Chief Executive of her jewelry company!
So far, it seems that Ivanka Trump's growing political clout is working against her. Over the weekend, Sears holdings pulled 31 Trump products from their website, while Burlington stores pulled the entire line from their own website on Monday.
This follows Nordstrom, which was the first to pull her products earlier this month, which caused Donald Trump and his Press Secretary Sean Spicer to publicly denounce the action.
... Which bodes an ethics problem. Is it right for the highest office in the land to publicly denounce a free market action when it involves the Presidential family? What do you think? Hit the comments below.