US President Donald Trump got netizens talking when he tweeted that an American department store chain treated his daughter “unfairly” after it dropped her fashion products citing a decline in sales.
The tweet, which Trump posted last Wednesday on his personal Twitter account, has been retweeted over 24,000 times as of Monday.
He said, “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
Some supporters of the real estate magnate-turned-President called for a boycott of Nordstrom, while some social media users accused him of conflict of interest.
According to an Associated Press report published in the New York Times also on Wednesday, a government ethics expert said that Trump’s tweet is problematic.
“The implicit threat was that he will use whatever authority he has to retaliate against Nordstrom, or anyone who crosses his interest,” it quoted Washington University law professor Kathleen Clark.
But Clark also said that “A government employee, even a president, is allowed to tweet in his personal capacity.”
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