Tuesday 20 March 2018

Shop that axed Ivanka feels wrath of Trump as he accuses them of treating First Daughter 'so unfairly'

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he arrives to speak to the Major County Sheriffs’ Association and Major Cities Chiefs Association in Washington yesterday Photo: AP
President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he arrives to speak to the Major County Sheriffs’ Association and Major Cities Chiefs Association in Washington yesterday Photo: AP

Harriet Alexander

Donald Trump yesterday used the presidential Twitter account to attack an American department store that stopped selling his daughter's products after earlier issuing a blistering attack on the US courts system.

The president accused Nordstrom, the high-end department store, of treating Ivanka Trump "so unfairly" by pulling her eponymous products from its shelves, and said she was a "great person" who was "always pushing me to do the right thing". He added she was someone who did not deserve to see her business suffer.

Nordstrom has pulled Ivanka Trump’s clothing line Photo: Reuters
Nordstrom has pulled Ivanka Trump’s clothing line Photo: Reuters

Ms Trump's fashion line includes clothing, jewellery, handbags and other products.

Nordstrom's decision to drop the brand came amid the "#GrabYourWallet" boycott of Trump-branded products, which has resulted in a sales plummet, according to the company.

Another retailer, TJ Maxx, told its employees to throw away signs advertising Ms Trump's brand and directed its stores to mix her range in with other products, which would make them less visible in stores.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, defended Mr Trump's tweet - and denied suggestions that the president had sent it during his daily intelligence briefing.

According to his schedule, the tweet was sent 21 minutes after the briefing began.

"I think this is less about his family's business than an attack on his daughter," said Mr Spicer.

"I think for people to take out their concern about his actions or his executive orders on members of his family, he has every right to stand up for his family and applaud their business activities, their success.

"There's clearly an attempt for him to stand up for her because she is being maligned because they have a problem with his policies."

But Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democrats in the House, said it was unbecoming of a president.

"I think it's inappropriate - but he's a totally inappropriate president, so it's totally in keeping with whom he is," she said.

Nordstrom has denied the move was motivated by anything other than poor sales.

"Over the past year, and particularly the last half of 2016, sales of the brand have steadily declined to the point where it didn't make good business sense for us to continue with the line for now," the company said in a statement, adding that Nordstrom had a "great relationship" with Ms Trump, and noting that she was "personally informed of our decision in early January".

Other companies including Belk and Neiman Marcus have said they will also stop selling Ms Trump's products.


Earlier yesterday Mr Trump courted yet more controversy, launching a brazen attack on the court weighing up the legality of his travel ban and describing their deliberations as "disgraceful" and saying the hearing was "a sad day".

On Tuesday night, a three-judge panel in San Francisco heard arguments for and against reinstating Mr Trump's ban on refugees and travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the United States.

They are expected to announce their decision later this week - a decision which will almost certainly be taken to the Supreme Court by the losing side.

But, describing the deliberations in terms unheard of in the modern era, Mr Trump ridiculed the judges' procedures and said he was undeniably right to impose the ban, adding: "A bad high school student would understand this."

He continued: "I was a good student. I understand things. I comprehend very well. OK? Better than, I think, almost anybody. I want to tell you, I listened to a bunch of stuff last night on television that was disgraceful. I think it's a sad day. I think our security is at risk today and it will be at risk until such time as we are entitled and get what we are entitled to as citizens of this country, as chiefs, as sheriffs of this country. We want security."

Speaking in Washington to the annual meeting of major cities' police chiefs, Mr Trump accused the court of being politically motivated.

"I don't ever want to call a court biased, so I won't call it biased," he said.

"We haven't had a decision yet. But courts seem to be so political and it would be so great for our justice system if they would be able to read a statement and do what's right."

Yesterday's comments were greeted with astonishment across the political spectrum.

John Dean, a former Nixon White House counsel, said that Mr Trump went too far.

"One thing Richard Nixon would never have done is publicly demean the court," he said, adding with a smile: "He might have said it privately." (© Daily Telegraph London)


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