This is a legitimate area of concern. Foreign entities may try to court Trump’s progeny in a way similar to how governments and businesses courted Bill Clinton when Hillary looked like a shoo-in for the presidency.
The Chinese are as crony as the day is long and they know how to play the crony game.
China this month awarded Ivanka Trump seven new trademarks across a broad collection of businesses, including books, housewares and cushions.
At around the same time, President Trump vowed to find a way to prevent a major Chinese telecommunications company from going bust, even though the company has a history of violating American limits on doing business with countries like Iran and North Korea.
Coincidence? Well, probably…
…Ms. Trump’s representatives have said that there is nothing improper about Ms. Trump’s trademarks and that they prevent individuals from profiting off her name.
Abigail Klem, president of the Ivanka Trump brand, said in a statement on Monday that the brand’s protection of trademarks was “in the normal course of business,” especially in countries where trademark infringement was rampant.
“We have recently seen a surge in trademark filings by unrelated third parties trying to capitalize on the name,” Ms. Klem said, “and it is our responsibility to diligently protect our trademark.”
OK. But the temptation is there. It is for everyone who becomes president but with Trump with all of his business ventures the challenge unique.