Donald Trump on Tuesday capped off a series of unhinged tweets by urging his followers to watch Fox News’ Sean Hannity at 9 p.m—then promptly deleted the post.
The deletion came after groups, including Citizens for Ethics, pointed out the president is now using his official platform to promote a TV show.
We guess the president is using official statements for ads now. https://t.co/HcHAYLa3md
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) January 3, 2018
The move is reminiscent of a number of times Trump and members of his administration have shilled for companies while assuming official government roles. Trump’s top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, was “counseled” early last year after violating the Office of Government Ethic’s ban on executive branch staff endorsing products or companies by telling Fox News viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” In November, Trump himself hyped his New Jersey golf club in a speech before the South Korean National Assembly.
Shortly before assuming the presidency, Trump refused to divest from his business, instead handing over control to his eldest sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. The move has raised a number of concerns over conflicts-of-interest. Still, it’s difficult to grasp the full impact of Trump’s presidency on his own business as the president continues to refuse to release his tax returns.