Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trump's granddaughter seals the deal with China; Ivanka benefits

REPUTED DONALD TRUMP-whisperer Ivanka Trump Kushner just won approval of three trademarks from China on the same day that she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinxing and his wife at Trump's opulent resort Mar-A-Lago in Florida.

Coincidence? I'm not sure if any conflict-of-interest laws were broken, but the timing sure is funny, right? Oh, to be sure, she doesn't receive a salary for her job as the Donald's advisor. From their position of privilege, the Trumps just don't see or understand how her job as chief advisor to the White House occupant and her businesses might intersect. And what's wrong that?

To seal the deal, Trump brought out his secret weapons: Ivanka and Jared Kushner's children, Arabella and Joseph, to sing to China's First Couple in Mandarin.  Showing off your children or grandchildren is the sort of thing proud parents do in front of visitors. (I remember having to recite the name of all the planets for relatives when I was really, really young.) 

It was really cute and the Xi's were certainly impressed. So - apparently - was the nation of the Peoples' Republic of China where the video went viral.

It is not the first time Arabella has demonstrated her Mandarin skills. A clip of the 4-year old reciting Chinese poetry also went viral in China just before Chinese New Years.

Ivanka Trump Kushner is said to be the most popular of the Trump family in China. Ivan Trump, who has her own clothing and beauty line, is known as “baifumei” – white, rich and beautiful – in China.

Ivanka Trump resigned from management at her clothing and accessories company to take the job as her father's senior advisor with an office in the West Wing. But she still has an ownership stake in the business.

Ivanka Trump's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told CNN, "Ivanka has had no involvement with trademark applications submitted by the business" since she resigned her post. "The federal ethics rules do not require you to recuse from any matter concerning a foreign country just because a business that you have an ownership interest in has a trademark application pending there."