The State Department is again at the center of controversy after one of its offices retweeted Ivanka Trump’s post promoting her new book.
The Office of Global Women’s Issues used its official Twitter account Wednesday to share Trump’s tweet, which features images of her sister-in-law Lara Trump and sister, Tiffany Trump, both reading “Women Who Work,” ABC News reported.
The retweet immediately sparked talk of ethics violations and the department took it down a short time later.
The State Department of Women’s Issues aims to “promote the rights and empowerment of women and girls through U.S. foreign policy.” It is usually headed by an ambassador-at-large, but the post has remained empty under the Trump administration, according to the news station.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 4, 2017
While the retweet doesn’t break any laws, it could violate rules that bar those in public office from promoting commercial products with government resources — like Twitter accounts — for personal purposes.
A federal government employee “shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity,” according to the Code of Federal Regulations.
The questionable social media post comes mere weeks after the State Department was blasted over a controversial blog post that seemingly promoted President Trump’s personally owned club, Mar-a-Lago.
The department eventually took down the post — which detailed the history of the Florida golf club and referred to it as the “Winter White House” — after facing similar backlash in April.
“The intention was to inform the public about where the President has been hosting world leaders,” a statement on the website read. “We regret any misperception and have removed the post.”
The Republican administration has faced no shortage of scrutiny over the Trump family’s relationship to its businesses. Kellyanne Conway sparked outrage after she promoted Ivanka Trump’s clothing line on a morning show and her father has similarly raised eyebrows in using Mar-a-Lago for government business.
Ivanka Trump previously announced she would not go on a tour to promote her new book “out of an abundance of caution” and to avoid any ethics violations, though she has been advertising “Women Who Work” across her social media platforms.
The first daughter initially said she would not officially take on a role in her father’s administration but in late March announced she would serve as “an unpaid employee in the White House Office, subject to all the same rules as other federal employees.”