Ethics office rebukes White House over Kellyanne Conway's Ivanka Trump plug

The Office of Government Ethics isn’t happy with the White House’s decision not to punish top aide Kellyanne Conway for plugging Ivanka Trump’s products in a TV interview.

OGE Director Walter Shaub told the White House in a letter Thursday that he remains concerned with Conway’s “misuse of position.”

In an interview on Fox News Channel on Feb. 9, Conway encouraged viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” A day earlier, President Trump had attacked Nordstrom department stores for dropping his daughter’s line of clothes and accessories.

The ethics office recommended discipline because federal rules prohibit executive branch employees from endorsing products. The White House concluded that she was speaking “in a light, off-hand manner while attempting to stand up for a person she believed had been unfairly treated.”