Three new Ivanka Trump brand trademarks were approved in China on the same day Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner sat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping and wife Peng Liyuan earlier this month at a Mar-a-Lago state dinner, The Associated Press reported early Tuesday.
Xi visited Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s luxury resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6. Trump and Kushner attended the state dinner that evening, sitting next to the world leader. The AP found that three trademarks that confer monopoly rights to sell Ivanka brand jewelry, bags and spa services were approved in China on the same day as the dinner.
In February, the president of the brand said it was seeing some of its best sales in its history. From January to February, the e-commerce aggregator Lyst reported a 346-percent sales increase of Ivanka Trump sales.
Ivanka Trump has stepped away from her business, placing it in a family trust before she moved into her new White House role as an adviser to her father.
However, critics have still raised concerns that Ivanka and President Trump could use their White House positions as a platform for the Ivanka Trump brand and Trump Organization, or violate conflict of interest rules in other ways as federal employees. Similarly, many have questioned how close the two remain to their brands, despite placing them in trusts.