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    'Dynastic Kleptocracy': Ivanka Trump Brand Closedown Turns Twitter Toxic

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    Ivanka Trump is shutting down her namesake apparel brand, the company announced, over a year after US President Donald Trump's eldest daughter separated herself from the company and entered the White House as a senior adviser.

    "After 17 months in Washington, I do not know when or if I will ever return to the business, but I do know that my focus for the foreseeable future will be the work I am doing here in Washington, so making this decision now is the only fair outcome for my team and partners," she said in a statement.

    The company said licensing contracts would not be renewed and those which are currently in place will continue to operate.

    The news, naturally, couldn't have escaped the close attention of social media users, with some of them expressing doubts as to whether money from the closed business would stop flowing into the family's pockets, with Ivanka getting "ominously" "closer" to political power and hence, budget funds:

    Others indulged in speculation over President Trump's tariffs on China-manufacture goods, with some posting hilarious memes on the subject:

    Some said there is no need to worry, citing President Trump's personal business experience:

    Many users dwelled on business-client relationships, stating that the company must have hit a roadblock due to no demand and not because of Ivanka's political ambitions.

    Twitterians en masse speculated about Ivanka's clothing line being increasingly politicized during her father's election campaign, urging the "girl" to come up with a backup plan, just in case:

    Some went still further, claiming that the reason for the closedown lies in a "dynastic kleptocracy," which the president is trying to build; and his family's business decisions "should be viewed in that context."

    One Twitter user stated that Ivanka's move is not enough, referring to the multiple businesses the Trump and Kushner families own.

    The idea of arrests and punishment is also recurrent on the social media platform, especially among Democratic supporters. One user even managed to put this together with Ivanka's vocation (until recently):

    Ivanka Trump formally took on the role of Special Assistant to the President in March of 2017 as an unpaid federal employee.

    Before March 2017, she had been working at the White House unofficially, which did not require her to comply with ethics and disclosures that apply to employees.


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