Trump’s company received provisional approval for monopoly rights to sell Ivanka Trump-branded jewelry, bags and spa services in China that day, the AP reported Tuesday. That evening, Trump and her husband, presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner, joined Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, for a dinner at President Trump’s private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago.
A CNN investigation found that Trump’s company currently holds 16 fully registered trademarks in China and received provisional approval in February for another one, involving leather bags. Earlier this year, China gave preliminary approval to 35 trademarks tied to the president’s private business, the Trump Organization, related to businesses including mining, construction and hospitality.
Also, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC has applied for at least nine new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S. since election day, the AP reported.
Trump has moved the assets held by her clothing company into a trust and handed off management responsibilities to company president Abigail Klem. She is subject to federal rules that bar her from participating in affairs where she has a financial interest.