WASHINGTON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's Twitter attack on Nordstrom Inc on Wednesday for dropping his daughter Ivanka's clothing line raised concerns about the use of his White House platform for his family's businesses.In response to the Twitter comment Trump posted criticizing Nordstrom, which has said its move was based on the sales performance of the Ivanka Trump products, White House spokesman Sean Spicer characterized the company's action as a "direct attack" on the president's policies."My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!," Trump said on Wednesday in his post on both his personal and official presidential Twitter accounts.
Trump's comments underscore the complicated relationship that the wealthy New York real estate developer who became president on Jan. 20 has with his sprawling family business interests amid criticism from Democrats and others about the ethics and legality of the arrangement.During a White House briefing, Spicer painted Nordstrom's action as an attack on the president's daughter."For someone to take out their concern with his policies on a family member of his is just not acceptable. And the president has every right as a father to stand up to them," Spicer said.Nordstrom did not respond to requests seeking comment. A spokeswoman for the Ivanka Trump brand declined to comment.The Republican president's complaint, however, drew swift criticism from Democrats. Asked about the Nordstrom tweet, U.S. House of Representatives' minority leader Nancy Pelosi said:"I think it's inappropriate, but he's a totally inappropriate president, so it's totally in keeping with who he is. What I think is more inappropriate, though, is for him to refer to a judge who made a ruling that he didn't agree with as a 'so-called judge.' Now we're talking about the separation of power, not the thin skin of an incompetent president," Pelosi told reporters in Baltimore for House Democrats' retreat.Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, in a tweet indicated that the matter should be referred to the Office of Government Ethics:My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017