Jul 24, 2018

Ivanka Trump is closing her fashion brand

Ivanka Trump. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump is closing her namesake fashion brand, the First Daughter announced in a statement Tuesday, roughly a year after stepping down from her role at the company to take on a senior position at the White House.

"After 17 months in Washington, I do not know when or if I will ever return to the business, but I do know that my focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington, so making this decision now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners."
— Ivanka Trump in a statement

The backdrop: The Ivanka Trump line, which sells clothing, accessories and shoes, has taken a hit in the months after President Trump entered the White House. Critics of Ivanka Trump's father led to boycotts of the brand, which was eventually pulled from Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom's and Hudson's Bay for poor sales.

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Sanders addresses Russian interference in his campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday.

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