Ivanka’s Trademarks Get Granted. Sanctions on Chinese Company Get Lifted.
While Donald Trump was waging a trade war with China, Ivanka received initial approval from the Chinese government for 16 new trademarks.
That the trademarks were fast-tracked while her father was in office is suspicious enough. However, the timing of when groups of trademarks were approved is even more suspect. According to reporting by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, in May 2018, several of the patent approvals were awarded, “a week before President Trump announced that he wanted to lift the ban on the Chinese company ZTE, for violating US sanctions.”
Additionally, in 2017, three patents approvals were awarded the same day Ivanka had dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Probably just a coincidence.)
This is far from the first time that Ivanka’s Chinese trademarks have raised ethics questions. In May 2018, Ivanka Trump’s business received approval for several new Chinese trademarks a week before President Trump announced that he wanted to lift the ban on the Chinese company ZTE, for violating US sanctions. In 2017, the business received three new Chinese trademarks on the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping.