The White House is justified in not issuing any disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway for promoting Ivanka Trump's fashion line during an interview on live television. As a White House inquiry found that Conway acted inadvertantly and made her comments off-handedly, there was no nefarious intent or motive to benefit personally from it and therefore she should not be disciplined, writes Fredreka Schouten in USA Today. Plus, Schouten writes, since the incident, Conway has acknowledged her understanding of the White House ethics standards and her commitment to abiding by them in the future.
It's unethical for the White House not to discipline Kellyanne Conway for her comments made on live television promoting the Ivanka Trump fashion brand. In response to the White House deciding not to punish Conway, the Office of Governmental Ethics (OGE) has criticized the move, voicing concern that allowing Conway to give a "free commercial" on behalf of Trump risks undermining the government's entire ethics program, writes Max Greenwood in The Hill. Allowing Conway to go unpunished signifies a more serious issue, that officials in the president's office feel they are not subject to the same ethics rules as others.