Trump Uses Hurricane Harvey Conference Call Photos To Sell Hats, Watchdog Group Says

Published August 29, 2017
Published August 29, 2017

Walter Shaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics, tweeted out, "NO!! The Presidency is not your profit center!!"

Trump Red Hat

White House Press Photo

President Donald Trump is under fire for selling a hat on his campaign site that he wore during a call with cabinet officials regarding Hurricane Harvey. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) recently tweeted that the president took the opportunity to model a new hat sold by his campaign during teleconference calls related to massive storm that has caused historic flooding in Texas.

Trump was first seen wearing a white hat embroidered with the letters “USA” in blue letters in an official White House photo released Saturday while on a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence and various cabinet officials.

Trump Press Hat

White House Press Photo

In another White House press photo from a teleconference call about the hurricane the next day, Trump can be seen wearing another variant of the hat, a red one with embroidered white letters.

Trump Red Hat Press

White House Press Photo

At the same time, these models of hats are being sold on Trump’s campaign website for $40.00. The presentation of these hats in official photos has led CREW and others to believe that Trump is using photos of these emergency meetings promote the sale of his new hats.

The former head of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, also had words to say on the matter, replying to CREW’s tweet with one of his own where he writes “NO!! The Presidency is not your profit center!!”

Shaub resigned from his office last month, stating that “the current situation has made it clear that the ethics program needs to be stronger than it is.”

While there are laws prohibiting government officials from using their positions to promote and sell products, it is unclear whether such laws would apply to the president.

Next, read about how some Trump supporters believed that Hurricane Matthew was a liberal conspiracy. Then, learn about the hot water that wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for her tweet about designer clothes.

Gabe Paoletti
Gabe is a New York City-based writer and an Editorial Intern at All That Is Interesting.