The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an official complaint that accused Ivanka Trump of violating federal ethics when she used her social media accounts to openly and proudly promote Goya beans.
The president’s daughter recently tweeted a selfie – and duplicated the post for Instagram – showing herself posing while holding a can of black beans made by Goya Foods.
The picture used the company’s slogan “If it’s Goya, it’s got to be good” in both English and Spanish.
This brazen and shameless brand plug from the first daughter comes amid calls to boycott Goya Food products after company CEO Robert Unanue said that the nation was “blessed” to have Trump.
Following Ivanka’s selfie, Trump jumped straight up to do his own Goya plug from the Oval Office.
In a letter to Emory Rounds, the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, CREW said Ivanka’s promotion of the product is a “misuse of public office.”
CREW wrote that Ivanka Trump “appears to have clearly violated the Standards of Conduct barring her from using her government position, title or any authority associated with her public office to endorse any product, service, or enterprise.”
The letter claimed that Ivanka Trump uses her social media accounts for “official government purposes.”
Therefore, if she also uses those platforms to endorse the company’s products, it would “lead any reasonable person to conclude her Goya Foods posts represented an official government endorsement intended to counteract the negative effect of any boycott.”
CREW asked Rounds to call on White House counsel to “consider appropriate disciplinary action against Ms. Trump.”
Former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, said in a Washington Post op-ed that the behavior definitely “violated an executive branch ethics regulation prohibiting employees from misusing their official positions to endorse commercial products.”
Shaub felt that the stunt was to say loudly and clearly that “rules don’t apply” to the first family.