Ivanka’s stirring Goya bean pot propels ethical jousting
WASHINGTON (WKBT) — Ivanka Trump is defending her decision to tweet a photo of herself shilling a can of Goya beans.
President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House adviser said Wednesday that she has “every right” to express her support for the company. Goya CEO Robert Unanue praised the president at a Hispanic event at the White House last week.
Unanue’s comments sparked a consumer boycott of its products, which are used in Spanish, Puerto Rican, Caribbean, Mexican, Cuban and Central and South American cuisine.
The day after Unanue praised the president, Trump tweeted about his “love” for Goya, and conservative groups launched a “buycott” to support the brands.
Ivanka followed up late Tuesday with an in-your-face tweet of a photo of herself holding a can of Goya black beans with the caption, “If it’s Goya, it has to be good,” in English and Spanish.
Government watchdog groups accused her of violating ethics rules that bar government officials from using their public offices to promote specific products.
The White House would be responsible for disciplining Ivanka for any ethics violation but chose not to in a similar case when White House counselor Kellyanne Conway urged people to buy Ivanka-branded items in 2017.
At that Critics lambasted Conway for urging viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff” February interview on Fox News that year. Conway was reacting to reports that Nordstrom had dropped Ivanka’s shoe and clothing line, which President Donald Trump insisted at the time was a political move. The store countered that it was a business decision.
Trump himself appeared to back up his daughter Wednesday by posting an Instagram photo showing him in the Oval Office with various Goya products displayed on his desk. As president, Trump is exempt from many of the rules that federal workers must follow.
Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics, said the president’s tweet and photo amounted to “an official campaign by the Trump administration to support Goya, making it all the more clear that Ivanka’s tweet was a violation of the misuse of position regulations.”
Shaub left government in 2017 after clashing with the Trump administration over ethics rules.
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