The news is out: [White House adviser and President’s daughter Ivanka Trump may have violated a government ethics rule when she posted a photo of herself holding a can of black beans Tuesday night.
Later Wednesday, the President continued his efforts to promote the brand, posting a photo of himself alongside a slew of Goya products. Trump posed, smiling with his thumbs up, before beans, seasoning, coconut milk and chocolate wafers set on the historic Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
Goya is the nation’s largest Hispanic-owned company and is a privately held business. It remains unclear how calls to boycott have impacted business, but the President claimed in a Wednesday morning tweet that Goya is “doing GREAT.”
“The Radical Left smear machine backfired, people are buying like crazy!” Trump tweeted.
But his daughter and West Wing adviser could have violated a federal ethics rule with her message. The United States Office of Government Ethics, which is aimed at “preventing conflicts of interest in the executive branch,” has guidelines on endorsements.
“Executive branch employees may not use their Government positions to suggest that the agency or any part of the executive branch endorses an organization (including a nonprofit organization), product, service, or person,” the office’s guideline says.
A spokeswoman for Trump defended the post, which, she said, showed “personal support” for the brand, slamming the media and the “cancel culture movement.”
“Ivanka is proud of this strong, Hispanic-owned business with deep roots in the US and has every right to express her personal support,” White House spokeswoman Carolina Hurley said in a statement.]
Black beans may not be the only black thing Ivanka likes.