President Donald Trump hosted an event for prominent retail firms at the White House on Feb. 15 that didn’t include Nordstrom or Macy’s, companies which had dropped Trump family products.
JC Penney, which sells a Trump lamp, and Target, which sells books by the real estate mogul and his daughter, were invited to the event, the Daily Mail reports.
At the gathering, Trump spoke of his economic strategy to lower regulations and taxes in order to generate jobs.
“Tax reform is one of the best opportunities to influence our economy,” Trump said just before the meeting, which was held in the Roosevelt Room in the White House, Business Insider reports.
Other retailers present at the event included Gap, Auto Zone, Best Buy, Joanne Fabric and Craft.
Nordstrom recently dropped the clothing line of the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, due to low sales. Both President Trump and his adviser Kellyanne Conway called on Americans to buy Ivanka’s products.
In early February, Conway went on television and urged people to “buy Ivanka’s stuff.” White House press secretary Sean Spicer stated that Conway had been “counseled” as a result.
The head of the Office of Government Ethics called on the White House to punish Conway for using her position to hawk products.
OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote a letter to White House legal counselor Stefan Passantino that read, “Under the present circumstances, there is strong reason to believe that Ms. Conway has violated the Standards of Conduct Act and that disciplinary action is warranted.”
Schaub requested that the White House investigate the incident and inform him of their findings by Feb. 28. As she seemed to be in “clear violation” of the act, the director asked that she be punished.
Trump tweeted on Feb. 8: “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by [Nordstrom]. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
Retail firm Macy’s was also not invited to the White House event, a company Trump urged shoppers to boycott after it dropped his products in 2015. At the time, the retailer did so due to the “disparaging” comments he made about Mexicans while campaigning for president.
“Those who believe in tight border security, stopping illegal immigration & SMART trade deals w/other countries should boycott [Macy’s],” Trump retorted.
Sources: Daily Mail, Business Insider / Photo credit: CallisonRtkl via The Daily Buzz