NPR: China Defends Trademark Grants For Ivanka Trump Products
Larry Noble, general counsel of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, says that's not good enough to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest.
"She has put her business into a trust, but it's a trust being run by her family; it's not a true blind trust. She's still aware of what's going on there and I believe she still has the ability to make certain decisions," Noble says. "At the end of the day it's all going to come back to her."
Noble says trademarks granted at record speed send out a bad signal. "It raises questions whether there was any favoritism, would a country be less likely to challenge a trademark or refuse a trademark knowing that they're doing this for the daughter of a president who advises the president," he asks.