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Ivanka's biz prospers as politics mixes with business

  • FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, Ivanka Trump, right, walks with her husband, Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the president, to a news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the White House in Washington. Ivanka Trump's company continues to grow. Ethics lawyers fear the more her business expands, the more it may encroach on her ability, and husband, Jared Kushner, to credibly advise the president on core issues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, Ivanka Trump, right, walks with her husband, Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the president, to a news conference with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at the White House in Washington. Ivanka Trump's company continues to grow. Ethics lawyers fear the more her business expands, the more it may encroach on her ability, and husband, Jared Kushner, to credibly advise the president on core issues. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, July 21, 2016, file photo, Ivanka Trump takes the stage during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Since Donald Trump was elected president, sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged, and her company has applied for several new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S., signs that the commercial engine of her brand is still humming even as the first daughter builds a new career from her West Wing office. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, July 21, 2016, file photo, Ivanka Trump takes the stage during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Since Donald Trump was elected president, sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged, and her company has applied for several new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S., signs that the commercial engine of her brand is still humming even as the first daughter builds a new career from her West Wing office. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 6, 2015, file photo, Ivanka Trump models an outfit following an interview to promote her clothing line in Toronto. As the first daughter crafts a new political career from her West Wing office, her brand is going strong, despite boycotts and several stores limiting her merchandise. (Pawel Dwulit/The Canadian Press via AP, File)/The Canadian Press via AP)

    FILE - In this March 6, 2015, file photo, Ivanka Trump models an outfit following an interview to promote her clothing line in Toronto. As the first daughter crafts a new political career from her West Wing office, her brand is going strong, despite boycotts and several stores limiting her merchandise. (Pawel Dwulit/The Canadian Press via AP, File)/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Ivanka Trump's brand is flourishing as the first daughter crafts a new career from her West Wing office. Sales hit record levels. Imports and distribution are up. Her company has provisionally won four new trademarks from China since the inauguration, and applied for at least nine new trademarks around the world since the election.

Trump still owns her brand, but stepped back from management and has pledged to avoid conflict. But some argue that under criminal conflict of interest laws, her expanding business threatens to encroach on the ability of both Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, to deliver credible counsel to the president on core issues like trade and intellectual property.