Los Angeles Times: 'Buy Ivanka's stuff,' Trump aide Kellyanne Conway says on TV, sparking ethical and legal concerns
“Given that this all started with the president attacking Nordstrom … I’m not sure I trust them to counsel her directly,” said Larry Noble, general counsel to the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit government reform group.
Noble said it was more than a simple “slip of the tongue” by a single member of the administration, given that Spicer also weighed in on the issue during his Wednesday briefing. Spicer accused Nordstrom of “a direct attack on [Trump’s] policies and [Ivanka’s] name” by dropping the product line.
Noble said such talk sent a message to companies that if they declined to do business with Trump family entities, they faced potential retribution.