China Approves Five New Trademarks for Ivanka Trump Business
China approved five new trademarks for First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s business earlier this month — around the same time that President Trump said he would try to provide a job boost to the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE.
The trademarks were applied for in March of 2017, according to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The trademarks give the White House adviser’s company rights for bath mats, textiles and baby blankets.
Another trademark was given trial approval. The trademarks grant Ivanka Trump operations exclusive rights to market a variety of products in China that could potentially amount to millions of dollars in profits. Ivanka Trump Marks LLC received approval last year for several other trademarks after she began working in the White House.
Three of them were granted the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. Meanwhile, some 72 hours before his tweet about ZTE, China quietly agreed to loan $500 million to an Indonesian theme park project in which the president is a partner. Chinese banks agreed to loan an additional $500 million to the project.
The non-profit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, D.C., said the trademark deal again raises concerns about the Trump family’s international businesses and potential conflicts of interest.
“As a White House adviser, Ivanka has represented the United States at multiple diplomatic events despite the potential conflicts her business interests present,” CREW said in a statement.
Ivanka Trump received the registration approval on May 7. Her father tweeted on May 13 that “President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!”
It was announced Friday that the Trump administration reached a deal with ZTE to keep the telecommunications giant in business.
The Chinese government also agreed earlier this month to loan $500 million to an Indonesia project that features the Trump Organization as a partner, according to CREW.
“As a White House adviser, Ivanka has represented the United States at multiple diplomatic events despite the potential conflicts her business interests present,” CREW wrote on its website on Friday. “Although Ivanka has stepped down from her role at her business and has placed it in a trust, she continues to receive profits from the business.
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