China says Ivanka Trump trademark requests handled properly

BYRON YORK: Trump will need to widen circle of trust

U.S. imports, nearly all from China, shot up an estimated 166 percent a year ago, according to Panjiva Inc., which tracks global imports to the States.

The brand, which Ivanka Trump no longer manages but still owns, says distribution is growing.

However, all this creates the appearance that Ivanka is still intent on maintaining her business portfolio and potentially even pursuing lucrative business deals under the shadow of her father's White House.

July 20, 2016: Ivanka Trump forms four new companies in DE to handle licensing contracts for baby products and costume jewelry.

Using the prestige of government service to build a brand is not illegal. Unlike President Trump, his daughter is subject to federal rules that prohibit her from participating in matters in which she has a financial interest.

April 6, 2017: Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, sit next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, at a state dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

The Chinese government gave provisional approval to Ivanka Trump's company for at least two trademarks April 6, according to Chinese trademark documents reviewed by CNN. She and her husband Jared Kushner are constantly portrayed as a kind of collective voice of calm, poise, and reason, who are prevailing over the tempestuous Stephen Bannon and his efforts to push President Donald Trump over the edge of the precipice of extremism.

But her lawyer said in a statement: "Ivanka has had no involvement with trademark applications submitted by the business".

Meanwhile, her husband has taken steps to distance himself from his sprawling NY real estate business, divesting some of his business interests including his stake in a major Fifth Avenue skyscraper.

Her attorney, Jamie Gorelick, told CNN last month that the assets have been moved into a trust - the best choice from a hard series of options.

As government ethics experts Richard Painter, Norman Eisen, and Virginia Canter wrote after Trump and Kushner's financial disclosure forms became public a few weeks ago, the couple has "so many potential conflicts of interest that if they abide by ethics laws and past White House practices, they won't be able to advise the president on three of his top priorities: Trade, tax reform and Wall Street deregulation".

Her decision to hold onto the investment requires Ivanka Trump to take measures to avoid conflicts. The video of the performance was viewed over 2.2 million times on Chinese state media.

D'Innocenzio reported from NY. US imports of her merchandise grew an estimated 40 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to Panjiva Inc., which maintains and analyzes global shipping records.

Gorelick, Ivanka Trump's attorney, said that she and her husband would steer clear of specific areas that could impact her business, or be seen as conflicts of interest, but are under no legal obligation to step back from huge swaths of policy, like trade with China. "Foreign policy toward China is not a particular matter". Watchers say that, given the circumstances, cooperating with these leaders to find an optimal solution to the North Korean nuclear issue will be a crucial task for South Korea's next president. Last month, for instance, it was revealed that he received preliminary approval for trademarks in China covering a full range of apparel, from men's suiting and wedding dresses to halter tops and ponchos, all bearing his name.

The trademarks are just the latest in a string of worldwide trademarks the Trump family has secured since Donald Trump won the presidency. Company president Abigail Klem told CNN in a statement Tuesday that filing trademarks are needed especially in "regions where trademark infringement is rampant".

In February this year, the New York Times reviewed nine databases, which showed that Trump companies hold about 400 registered foreign trademarks in 28 countries since 2000.

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