Ivanka Trump skips book tour and will donate proceeds to charity
Ivanka Trump skips book tour and will donate proceeds to charity:- First daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump announced Thursday that she's skipping plans to promote her new self-help book, citing ethics concerns.
Trump said she planned to forgo publicity for the book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success, including media interviews, to avoid any appearance she is misusing her government role.
"In light of government ethics rules, I want to be clear that this book is a personal project," Trump wrote on her Facebook page. "I wrote it at a different time in my life, from the perspective of an executive and an entrepreneur, and the manuscript was completed before the election last November."
"Out of an abundance of caution and to avoid the appearance of using my official role to promote the book, I will not publicize the book through a promotional tour or media appearances," she said.
Trump said she has established a charitable fund and plans to use the unpaid portion of her advance and future royalties to make grants to charitable organizations. To start, $100,000 each will go to the National Urban League and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Trump, who recently assumed an unpaid government post and a West Wing office, has faced questions in recent days about China's decision to grant Trump trademark rights for her handbag, jewelry line and spa services. The trademarks were approved April 6, the same day Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner joined Chinese President Xi Jinping for dinner at her father's private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago.
Chinese officials this week defended their decision and said the trademark requests were granted fairly.
Ivanka Trump's fashion and licensing brand, valued at more than $50 million, is controlled by a trust overseen by two relatives. She and her lawyer say she is not weighing in on business decisions and will recuse herself from issues that pose conflicts.