Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s elder daughter and one of his senior advisers, abruptly left a White House background call with reporters about the “White House Sports and Fitness Day” after being asked about a report by The Associated Press that China has approved 13 new trademarks for her brand in recent months just before President Trump offered to help lift the ban on Chinese telecom giant ZTE, CBS News reports.
Press aide Ninio Fetalvo reportedly answered the question by directing all questions about Trump’s company to the press office.
A reporter later attempted to ask Ivanka Trump about her father’s health, and, after a pause, Fetalvo said, “Ivanka had to step out for another meeting.”
The call comes after China signed off on the 13th Ivanka Trump trademark in the last three months on Sunday, according to documents reviewed by the AP. China also granted her company provisional approval for an additional eight trademarks.
The Hill adds:
The issuing of the new trademarks comes as President Trump faces scrutiny for his ties to China amid his plan to help Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE. The company was previously banned by the Commerce Department from buying tech components after it violated U.S. sanctions on North Korea and Iran.