Trump attacks store for dumping daughter's clothing line
DONALD Trump has attacked a major US retailer for dumping his daughter Ivanka's fashion line in a scathing tweet ethicists have dubbed "unprecedented".
Nordstrom, which has stocked the Ivanka Trump collection since 2009, said last week it ditched the brand amid declining sales.
"My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom," Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "She is a great person - always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!"
The dispatch was soon retweeted by the official @POTUS Twitter account.
Other retailers to drop the brand include Neiman Marcus, Belk, Jet and ShopStyle, BuzzFeed News reports, amid a widespread #GrabYourWallet campaign to boycott businesses the Trump family profits from.
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 (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
Mr Trump's tweet has sparked outrage, with many observers saying it represents a conflict of interest.
"(It's) unprecedented for a number of reasons," Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics spokesman Jordan Libowitz told New York Daily News.
"It's pretty rare for the president to use the power of the presidency to go after a company. And to do so on behalf of his family's business interests is certainly something we've never seen before.
"This is a weapon he could be wielding to benefit his family … It plays into this larger narrative where people have to wonder, when he's making decisions in the office of the President, are they being made with the American people's best interests in mind or with the Trump family's bottom line in mind?"
It comes after Melania Trump filed a libel lawsuit against the Daily Mail, saying it cost her a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to profit from her brand as first lady.
IVANKA TRUMP'S UNIQUE ROLE IN WHITE HOUSE
While Ms Trump doesn't have an official role within the White House, insiders say she helps to keep her father in check.
Last week, the White House released a statement pledging to retain LGBTI protections implemented by the Obama administration after a draft executive order on how to roll back the laws was leaked.
Ms Trump and her husband, Trump adviser Jared Kushner, were reportedly behind the backflip.
Ms Trump is also said to be helping smooth her father's fractured relationship with China, with The National Post reporting officials are skipping the state department and going straight to her to gain influence with the US president.
Her visit to China to mark New Year's with her daughter Arabella last week helped balance her father's "harsh posture" and the appearance "could be invigorating to the China-US relationship," according to nationalist paper, The Global Times.
Footage of Arabella, five, singing a Chinese New Year greeting in Mandarin has also gone viral in China. The New York Times reported that more than 60,000 people liked the song on Weibo, China's version of Twitter.