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Trump under fire in Nordstrom Ivanka row


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The president faces accusations of impropriety after attacking a retailer for dropping his daughter's products.
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President Donald Trump lashed out at Nordstrom on Wednesday for dropping his daughter Ivanka's fashion line.
"My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom," Trump tweeted. "She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!"
White House press secretary Sean Spicer backed up Trump's statement on Wednesday, saying Nordstrom's decision was a "direct attack on his policies and [Ivanka Trump's] name."
Nordstrom said last week that the brand's declining sales led to its decision.
"Each year we cut about 10% [of brands carried] and refresh our assortment with about the same amount," a Nordstrom representative told Business Insider . "In this case, based on the brand's performance we've decided not to buy it for this season."
The retailer dropped Ivanka's line amid calls for a boycott of retailers that carry Trump products.
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https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/829356871848951809
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom . She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
In the days after Nordstrom's decision, other retailers including Neiman Marcus and Belk also stopped selling Ivanka's fashion line , which includes women's clothing, shoes, and accessories.
A representative from Ivanka's business said last week that sales are increasing despite the boycotts.
"The Ivanka Trump brand continues to expand across categories and distribution with increased customer support, leading us to experience significant year-over-year revenue growth in 2016," Rosemary Young, a senior director of marketing, told Business Insider in a statement on Friday.
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“Terrible!”
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My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom . She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
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. @realDonaldTrump Donald, what have we repeatedly said about using your office to influence the family business!
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It’s not the first time Trump has tweeted about a brand: Just last month, it was L.L. Bean, which was on the boycott list because Linda Bean, a company family member who is on the board of directors, donated to a Trump super PAC.
It’s unclear if the president is aware there are additional retailers besides Nordstrom that are no longer carrying his daughter’s line. But it’s safe to say this feud is just beginning.
Update: February 8th, 2017, 1:18 pm
Trump shared his tweet on his Instagram and Facebook as well, and retweeted it from the @POTUS account.
It would appear the retailer felt an impact from the tweet, albeit slightly: Nordstrom saw its stock price dip by about 0.7 percent . It later bounced back and was trading a bit higher than earlier (h/t Yashar Ali for pointing it out).
As Reuters noted , this is the first tweet Trump has sent about one of his own family businesses since becoming president.
Nordstrom stock price back up, above where it was when the markets opened. pic.twitter.com/JM4XZXmjqA
— Yashar (@yashar) February 8, 2017
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Press secretary and communications director Sean Spicer was asked about the president’s tweet during Wednesday’s press briefing, specifically what standards the president is setting in commenting on family business from the office of the presidency.
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“I think this was less about his family business, and an attack on his daughter. He ran for president, he won, he’s leading this country. And 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 from his family and applaud their business activity and their success. So look, when it comes to his family, I think he’s been very clear how proud he is of what they do and what they’ve accomplished, and for someone to take out their concern with his policies on a family member of his is not acceptable, and the president has every right as a father to stand up for them.”
Spicer says Trump has "every right as a father" to attack @Nordstrom on Twitter because they dropped Ivanka's brand due to poor sales pic.twitter.com/CpwEHFLw3L
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Nordstrom that it stopped carrying Ivanka Trump's brand because of declining sales.
"Each year we cut about 10% [of brands carried] and refresh our assortment with about the same amount," a Nordstrom representative told Business Insider. "In this case, based on the brand's performance, we've decided not to buy it for this season."
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My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom . She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
(Nordstrom, for its part, says they dropped Ivanka's line "based on the brand's performance." Sad!)
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President Trump is now upping the ante on his attack tweets, finally taking to the @POTUS Twitter account to retweet himself attacking clothing chain Nordstrom for dropping daughter Ivanka Trump's clothing line. 
Late Wednesday morning, Trump sent a tweet from his personal account slamming Nordstrom for treating Ivanka "unfairly." 
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom . She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017 Read more...
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