'Coffee With Ivanka' Auction Latest Evidence of Ethics-Free Trump Family
The incoming First Family found another ethical line to blur when it was reported that President-elect Donald Trump's son Eric was auctioning off the opportunity to have coffee with sister Ivanka in a fundraising effort for his personal foundation.
The money raised for the Eric Trump Foundation was slated to go to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital of Tennessee, but Eric said he was considering shutting down the whole operation—10 days after its launch—just an hour after the New York Timesraised questionson Thursday about potential ethics concerns. The auction was being hosted by the New York-based company Charitybuzz, which often handles celebrity fundraising efforts.
As of this writing, the link that sent potential buyers to "Coffee with Ivanka" now directs back to the company's homepage.
Ozan M. Ozkural, a London-based investment manager, reportedly paid nearly $60,000 to have coffee with Ivanka to "gain insight into topics like President-elect Donald J. Trump's possible future dealings with Turkey and other nations where Mr. Ozkural invests, he said," according to the Times.
This is hardly the first time the Trumps have benefited from their father's rise to power. Ivanka, whose husband Jared Kushner is a close adviser to the president-elect, has participated in meetings and phone calls with various heads of state, and all three of the adult children—minus daughter Tiffany—arranged and sat in on a meeting with tech industry elites that the Washington Postcalled "one of his biggest policy meetings yet." Read full story here