A former official under former President Barack Obama accused White House adviser Kellyanne Conway of breaking an ethics rule.
This is the federal ethics law that [Conway] just violated," tweeted Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of labor. It was posted along with a screenshot of the particular ethics code he accused Conway of breaking.
"An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives," the rule states.
Lu was referring to Conway's response to luxury retailer Nordstrom dropping the clothing line of President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump.
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"Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would tell you," Conway said, reports CNN. "It's a wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully -- I'm going to just, I'm going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online."
The president also singled out Nordstrom in a tweet.
"My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by [Nordstrom]," Trump tweeted from his official presidential Twitter account. "She is a great person - always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!"
Another former Obama official -- Norm Eisen, who served as an ethics czar and later a U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic -- said Conway's and Trump's comments were "an abuse of the office of the presidency."
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"It is an example of why Donald Trump and his family needed to step away, needed to make a more definitive break," Eisen said, reports The Hill. "And I think it's an abuse of the office of the presidency. He's putting the bully in the bully pulpit."