Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, gave Ivanka Trump's merchandise a “free commercial” during an interview on "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning.
Trump took to Twitter Wednesday to criticize Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s clothing line, which he characterized as unfair. The retailer, however, said it dropped Ivanka Trump products due to poor performance.
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1486569061.0
BuzzFeed reported that several other retailers — Belk, Jet and ShopStyle — have dropped Ivanka Trump’s line. TJ Maxx and Marshall's have reportedly instructed employees to discard signs advertising her merchandise and mix it in with other products. Boycotts of the brand by some consumers also jeopardize its financial viability.
Conway, who spoke from the White House, told viewers to “go buy Ivanka's stuff."
"Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would tell you," Conway said, adding, "I hate shopping but I'm going to go get some for myself today."
Kellyanne Conway, from the White House: "Go buy Ivanka's stuff!" pic.twitter.com/81QfBQpiWD
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) February 9, 2017
“This is just a wonderful line,” Conway added. “I own some of it… I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”
Conway was criticized for using the White House briefing room to promote Ivanka Trump’s products.
Reminder that you are paying @KellyannePolls's salary. https://t.co/3JP3RjuBPg— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1486645663.0
Kellyanne Conway finds your failure to purchase Ivanka Trump goods disheartening and demoralizing.— John Podhoretz (@John Podhoretz)1486645778.0
Business Insider reported that Conway's remark may have violated the federal government's ethics rules, which prohibit the use of public office for private gain.
Ivanka Trump has said she is taking a leave of absence from her company.