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Trump's China Tariffs Conveniently Won't Impact Daughter Ivanka's Business

Officials claim the tariffs were decided with the help of an algorithm.

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Senior White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump is directly benefiting from her father’s decision to slap China with tariffs, in that her company will be exempt.

As ThinkProgress discovered, buried in a Washington Post report, all clothing manufacturing companies will be exempt from the tariffs, including Ivanka’s fashion brand.

U.S. officials claim that they used a technical algorithm to decide which goods to exclude from the tariffs. The goal was to have “the lowest consumer impact” possible.

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Ivanka Trump, who is working in an unpaid capacity at the White House, is still getting compensation of at least $1.5 million from the Trump Organization. Her brand makes about $1.5 million annually.

Ivanka's clothing company has struggled since her father’s campaign began, and ethics experts have complained that she isn’t fully divested from the business. Once Ivanka Trump began advocating for paid family leave, employees at her company revealed that they had to fight to secure such leave.

Sarah K. Burris writes about politics and technology for Raw Story.