Sean Spicer: 'The president has every right as a father' to attack Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka
Sean Spicer appears at a White House press briefing (Fox News/screen grab)

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted that President Donald Trump has "every right" to attack Nordstrom department stores for dropping his daughter Ivanka's line of products.

At Wednesday's White House press conference, Spicer was asked if it had been appropriate for Trump to use his official @POTUS Twitter account to lash out at the chain of department stores.

"This was less about his family business than an attack on his daughter," the press secretary argued. "For people to take out their concerns about his actions or his executive orders on members of his family, he has every right to stand up for his family and applaud their business activities, their success."

"The president has every right as a father to stand up for them."

Spicer later added that there was "clearly a targeting" of Ivanka's brand.

"There's clearly efforts to undermine that based on her father's positions on particular policies that he's taken," he declared. "This is a direct attack on his policies and her name. So, there's clearly an attempt for him to stand up for her because she is being maligned because they have a problem with his policies."

Watch the video below from Fox News, broadcast Feb. 8, 2017.