6. Trump second-guesses Spicer
Speaking on "Fox & Friends" from the White House briefing room yesterday, Kellyanne Conway gave a blatant plug for Ivanka Trump's line of clothing and accessories: "Go buy Ivanka's stuff ... I hate shopping: I'm going to go get some myself today. ... It's a wonderful line. I own some of it. ... I'm going give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody! You can find it online."
In his first swipe at Trump ethics since the inauguration, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, asked the Office of Government Ethics to review the comments. He told AP they were "wrong, wrong, wrong, clearly over the line, unacceptable. ... It needs to be dealt with." Chaffetz later told Utah lawmakers: "Of course I'm going to call that out. My job is not to be a cheerleader for the president."
Asked at the briefing if Conway had crossed an ethical line, Sean Spicer said: "Kellyanne has been counseled and that's all we're going to go with. She's been counseled on on that subject and that's it."
But AP reports: "The president appeared to take issue with his own press secretary's depiction, telling staff that he believed it was unfair to Conway and made it sound like she was in trouble ... A White House spokeswoman said that while Trump didn't see Conway's television comments urging people to buy Ivanka Trump's products, he believed she was 'merely sticking up' for his daughter."
BTW ... Kellyanne suggested Trump may still come into the White House: "I visited with her yesterday. ... IF she decides -- and it works for her family -- she comes inside the White House here, she knows people like Dina Powell and me will be be working with her to help on women empowerment, women and girls."