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Ivanka Trump 'rebuked Kellyanne Conway for promoting her fashion brand on live TV'

The Independent logo The Independent 14/02/2017 Maya Oppenheim

Kellyanne Conway upset a fair few people when she made a sales pitch for Ivanka Trump’s line of products on live television. Not only did the White House rebuke its senior advisor, she was also accused of “violating” federal ethics law.

However, according to a report, the damage of Ms Conway’s saga hit closer to home than anyone realised and she inadvertently enraged the very person she sought to protect – Ms Trump herself.

Ms Trump, the President’s third child who is said to be his “favourite”, is reported to have reproached Ms Conway for endorsing her brand on air.

A source close to the President told Politicothe First Daughter “scolded” Ms Conway for “dragging her brand into an ethics mess and told her not to mention it again on TV.”

According to the unnamed source, this was linked to a conversation that Ms Trump reportedly had with her father weeks before the saga about keeping her business out of the politics – a chat Ms Conway is said to have been unaware of.

Ms Conway, Mr Trump’s former campaign manager, sparked controversy after she weighed in on Nordstrom department store’s decision to stop selling Ivanka-Trump branded products.

"Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would say," she told interviewers on the Fox & Friends TV program last week. "It's a wonderful line."

She claimed Ms Trump was being targeted by people who disliked her father, saying: “They’re using her to get to him”.

Mr Trump also attacked the decision by the retailer, rushing to the defence of his daughter on Twitter. White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the department store’s decision to stop selling some of her merchandise a “direct attack” on the President.

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