Ivanka Trump, leader of a retail brand bearing her own name and adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, won provisional approval of three trademarks from China on the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.
The president hosted Xi and his wife at his Mar-a-Lago estate in early April. Ivanka Trump and her husband, Trump adviser Jared Kushner, were present throughout the weekend and sat next to the couple at dinner.
Ivanka Trump has distanced herself from her retail brand since her father won the presidential election in November 2016, but sales of her products have continued to surge. The brand, which she still owns, saw a spike in sales in the weeks after her father’s inauguration and after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway urged consumers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”
When Nordstrom announced it would no longer carry Ivanka Trump’s line, the president posted a negative tweet about the company, showing no apparent interest in separating himself from his family’s businesses while serving in the White House.
Trump and his children have been criticized for conflicts of interest since his election. The president has brushed off that criticism, arguing that he can’t have a conflict of interest.
“The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest,” Trump said in November 2016.
According to the AP, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC applied for at least nine new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S. after the election.
Ivanka Trump’s attorney said in a statement she “has had no involvement with trademark applications submitted by the business.”
Read more at the AP.
This story has been updated with a statement from Ivanka Trump’s attorney.
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