The White House Counsel’s Office concluded that senior adviser Kellyanne Conway acted “inadvertently” when she endorsed Ivanka Trump’s clothing on national television.
The event occurred last month, after Trump tweeted his displeasure that Nordstrom was dropping his daughter’s brand.
The White House has decided it will not follow the recommendation that she be disciplined.
Stefan Passantino, who handles White House ethics issues as deputy counsel to Trump, wrote that his office concluded Conway was speaking in a “light, offhand manner” when she touted Ivanka Trump on “Fox & Friends.”
“We concluded that Ms. Conway acted inadvertently and is highly unlikely to do so again,” Passantino wrote to Walter M. Schaub, Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics, adding that Conway made the comments “without nefarious motive or intent to benefit personally.”
“Ms. Conway has acknowledged her understanding of the Standards and has reiterated her commitment to abiding by them in the future,” he added.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who last month called on the White House to follow OGE’s advice, said in a statement Wednesday that his committee would continue to monitor the issue.
“Swift action was taken by this committee to highlight the problem with Ms. Conway’s comments,” he said. “We will continue to monitor this process to ensure the administration understands these types of comments are inappropriate and takes meaningful steps to prevent future missteps.”