Ivanka Trump is facing counterblast after tweeting a photo of herself holding up a can of Goya beans. The tweet from the president’s daughter includes Goya’s slogan, “If it’s Goya, it has to be good,” in both English and in Spanish. She also posted the image to her Facebook and Instagram pages.
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Trump’s social media post comes days after Goya CEO Robert Unanue praised Mr. Trump during an event last week at the White House. “We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder,” Unanue said.
Unanue’s remarks prompted calls for a boycott of Goya, which considers itself the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S. In response, Unanue said he was “not apologizing” and called the #BoycottGoya campaign an attempt at “suppression of speech.”
The tweet in support of the company, however, might have violated federal ethics laws, which say, “An employee’s position or title should not be used to coerce; to endorse any product, service or enterprise; or to give the appearance of governmental sanction,” according to the Department of Justice. The DOJ describes such action as a misuse of one’s government position.
Ivanka Trump’s tweet comes as critics of the president have been calling for a boycott of Goya after CEO Robert Unanue said last week at a White House event, “We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder.”
The president commented on the continuing controversy in a tweet Wednesday morning, saying the company is doing “GREAT” and the “Radical Left smear machine backfired.”
In a statement, the White House defended Ivanka’s tweet.
“Only the media and the cancel culture movement would criticize Ivanka for showing her personal support for a company that has been unfairly mocked, boycotted and ridiculed for supporting this administration — one that has consistently fought for and delivered for the Hispanic community,” White House communications aide Carolina Hurley said.
“Ivanka is proud of this strong, Hispanic-owned business with deep roots in the U.S. and has every right to express her personal support.”
Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are advisers to the POTUS.
Ivanka’s approval of Goya on Twitter is reminiscent of comments Kellyanne Conway made in 2017 when she promoted Ivanka’s clothing line in an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff,” Conway said. “I own some of it. I fully — I’m going to just, going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online,” she added.
The Office of Government Ethics warned at the time that it had “strong reason” to believe that Conway’s remarks violated ethics rules.
Ultimately, the White House’s own ethics lawyer said that Conway, who serves as counselor to the president, acted “inadvertently” when she promoted Trump’s daughter’s company.
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And in the Spanish itself. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted about the potential conflict of interest, writing that “If it’s Trump, it has to be corrupt.”
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