Trump does Goya food endorsement of his own after Ivanka faces backlash
After Ivanka Trump broke the law by tweeting an endorsement for food company Goya Foods, President Donald Trump doubled down on the endorsements on Wednesday.
On Tuesday Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted "If it's Goya, it has to be good," while holding up a can of Goya black beans like a product model. This endorsement came after the CEO of Goya Foods Robert Unanue attended a White House event, at which he said, “We’re all truly blessed” to “have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder.” Unanue was widely criticized for his comments, and calls to boycott Goya sprang up immediately.
Many were quick to point out a direct promotion of a product by a person holding a position in the White House was a crime. Under law 5 CFR 2635.702, “An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.”
On Wednesday, Donald Trump posted a photo to his Instragram account showing him in the oval office with several Goya Food items on his desk.
Again, many people were furious at the move, given everything else going on.
He’s busy selling Goya.
Priorities, you know.
True story, sadly. pic.twitter.com/AmamW8me8Z
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 15, 2020
It’s appalling that the current president of the USA is actively promoting the products of a for-profit company & doing so from the White House – literally! And as is always the case, there are no consequences for this grossly unethical conduct.https://t.co/z1Kc7seX6K pic.twitter.com/Aa33AqOQWV
(@murray_nyc) July 15, 2020
@OfficeGovEthics What the Trump family office has done with the Goya brand is illegal, I am a federal employee and this is unacceptable, anyone else would’ve been fired on the spot! #WTF
— MCT (@maocaldastolson) July 15, 2020