Days after it was reported that her company received approval for trademarks from the Chinese government on the same night she dined with that nation’s President, Ivanka Trump is now scrapping some plans based on ethical concerns.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, the First Daughter announced that she is canceling a planned promotional tour for Women Who Work, her soon-to-be-released book, because she does not want there to be any appearance of impropriety.
“In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project,” Trump wrote. “I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November. Out of an abundance of caution and to avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book, I will not publicize the book through a promotional tour or media appearances.”
The first daughter also established a new charitable trust, the Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund. She wrote that the unpaid portion of her advance and any royalties made from the book will be donated to that fund.
In addition to the recent controversy involving the trademark approvals in China, a November deal with a Japanese company also caught the attention of some ethics watchdogs. Ivanka Trump’s company was negotiating a licensing deal with a company whose primary shareholder is a bank owned by the Japanese government on the same day that the fashion mogul met with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe.
Read her full comment below, via Facebook.
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