President Donald Trump may be setting himself for a new gig after he leaves office ― as a spokesman for Goya Foods.
The president posted a pic on Instagram that showed him at his desk with a variety of Goya products, including cookies, coconut milk and adobo.
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Trump's promo pic came a day after his daughter Ivanka Trump posted a Twitter selfie with a can of black beans, posing as if she were a model on a gameshow.
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Both Trump photos came in reaction to a boycott against Goya that began after CEO Robert Unanue said that the country is "truly blessed" to be under Trump's leadership.
But the pics may violate the Code of Federal Regulations, which states that employees "shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office to endorse any product."
HuffPost reached out to the White House about the possible violation, but it didn't immediately respond.
White House specialty media director Carolina Hurley earlier sidestepped the ethics violation question by blaming the media and the co-called cancel culture.
"Only the media and the cancel culture movement would criticise Ivanka for showing her personal support for a company that has been unfairly mocked, boycotted and ridiculed for supporting this administration ― one that has consistently fought for and delivered for the Hispanic community," Hurley told The Hill."Ivanka is proud of this strong, Hispanic-owned business with deep roots in the US and has every right to express her personal support."
The reaction on Twitter to the stunt was quite savage.
Trump & the GOP have done more to defend Goya beans against a boycott than they have done to defend our troops against Russian bounties.
- Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) July 15, 2020
Joking aside, Ivanka runs the show behind the scenes for Trump, she saw what a disaster CBS/Rose Garden was and cooked up the Goya stunt to deflect, much like the Bible photo op. @realDonaldTrump
- NoelCaslerComedy (@CaslerNoel) July 15, 2020
Ok, I get it.
The Trumps want us to focus on Goya-gate so we will ignore high crimes like
the Stone pardon
the Russian bounty scandal
& above all the countless Covid deaths Trump has caused.
Let's pay attention to Goya -- but in that context please. pic.twitter.com/spTvN4Xu2n
- Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) July 15, 2020
This is the President of the United States, selling canned goods in the WH. Sorta like, let them eat beans. https://t.co/ctXju0SgPb
- Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) July 16, 2020
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