Ivanka Trump Receives New China Trademarks, Raising Ethics Concerns

First daughter Ivanka Trump's company was granted approval to register several trademarks earlier this month, shortly before her father, President Donald Trump, announced he would help save the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE from financial collapse.

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The approval for five trademarks on May 7 for Ivanka Trump Marks LLC to have rights to baby blankets, bath mats and textiles, among other products, was revealed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Friday. The watchdog group wrote on its website that it "isn’t the first time that Ivanka’s and President Trump’s business connections to China have raised potential ethics issues," pointing out that on May 13 the president tweeted he was working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to give ZTE "a way to get back into business, fast."

China gave Ivanka Trump's business final approval for its 13th trademark in the past three months on Sunday, the Associated Press reported, based on trademark office records.  

"As a White House adviser, Ivanka has represented the United States at multiple diplomatic events despite the potential conflicts her business interests present," CREW stated on its website. "Although Ivanka has stepped down from her role at her business and has placed it in a trust, she continues to receive profits from the business."

Ivanka Trump Marks LLC applied for the recent wave of trademarks in March 2017, according to CREW. Last year, Ivanka Trump's business was granted preliminary approval for three trademarks the same day she had dinner with Xi at Mar-a-Lago.

The first daughter's company has been criticized for working with Chinese manufacturers with poor work conditions and pay for workers. Furthermore, the president's controversial trade tariffs on China earlier this year exempted his daughter's Chinese manufacturing partners.

Also on Sunday, an effort was unveiled by more than 60 House Democrats to demand a federal ethics investigation into the president's decision to ease a ban on ZTE, which breached its agreement to pay a $1.2 billion fine for conspiring to sell American technology to North Korea and Iran. Shortly before that, the Chinese government had granted a $500 million loan to an Indonesian theme park development project that will include several  Trump-branded properties.

Ivanka Trump's business did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek on Monday.

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