For Ivanka – Ethics in Business and Politics and for our system of law this Presidency will be a trial – lasting four years. The question is how far is far enough for a business owner to dismantle their life while working for this (or any other administration). The reality is if one holds one to a business or businesses there is not a distance that is ever far enough.
For how could a business fail to prosper (or be damaged) by a public show of ownership and all the innuendo attached? It is best not to attempt the impossible and the individual should divest themselves of all business interests.
“The commercial currents of the Trump White House are unprecedented in modern American politics, ethics lawyers say. They have created an unfamiliar landscape riven with ethical pitfalls, and forced consumers and retailers to wrestle with the unlikely passions now inspired by Ivanka Trump’s mid-market collection of ruffled blouses, shifts and wedges.
Using the prestige of government service to build a brand is not illegal. But criminal conflict of interest law prohibits federal officials, like Trump and her husband, from participating in government matters that could impact their own financial interest or that of their spouse. Some argue that the more her business broadens its scope, the more it threatens to encroach on the ability of two trusted advisers to deliver credible counsel to the president on core issues like trade, intellectual property, and the value of the Chinese currency.
“Put the business on hold and stop trying to get trademarks while you’re in government,” advised Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer under George W. Bush.
To address ethical concerns, Trump has shifted the brand’s assets to a family-run trust valued at more than $50 million and pledged to recuse herself from issues that present conflicts.” https://apnews.com/d9e34f23a64947d99e4a7d757012c509