Donald Trump Poses With Goya Foods Products in Oval Office After CEO Praises Him

Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue was met with calls of a boycott after he praised Trump. Right-wingers have since showed their support for the company in response.

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/07/10: Products by Goya Foods Company seen on shelves of Stop&Shop supermarket in the Bronx as company boycott takes off after Robert Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods, appeared in the White House Rose Garden and praised President Donald Trump. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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On Wednesday, as multiple states see COVID-19 cases surging, Donald Trump decided to awkwardly pose with an assortment of Goya Foods products in the Oval Office and post the resulting image onto his Instagram account. 

“You tell me how a president in the middle of a pandemic has time for this BULLSHIT!!?!? Are you kidding me. “ - Chris Cuomo

Yep. All of us.

Trump's photo shoot, which featured appearances from coconut milk, adobo seasoning, chocolate wafers, and red kidney beans all lined up on the Resolute desk, comes on the heels of Robert Unanue, the CEO of Goya Foods, praising the reality television star. "We're all truly blessed—at the same time—to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder," the CEO said last week. "And that's what my grandfather did. He came to this country to build, to grow, to prosper."

The CEO of @GoyaFoods is at a White House event saying we're
"blessed to have a leader" like Trump.

Make your shopping decisions accordingly.

Shortly after he made the comments in support of Trump, people took to social media to call for, and say they will participate in, a boycott against the company.

Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies have fueled hate crimes, separated families, put children in cages.

Yet the CEO of @GoyaFoods - who depends on immigrant communities - says "we're truly blessed to have a leader like President Trump"!? #BoycottGoya #BoycottGoyaFoods
CEO of Goya Foods, Robert Unanue: "We're all truly blessed to have a leader like President Trump"

He says this while Latinx children and families are in concentration camps. Never buying their products again.#BoycottGoya

In response to the boycott, right-wingers, including Trump's daughter Ivanka, have showed their support for the company. The businesswoman and Senior Advisor to the President also posed with a Goya product, deciding on a can of black beans. Many have pointed out that Ivanka may have violated federal ethics laws.

If it’s Goya, it has to be good.
Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno.
Ivanka Trump tweets support for Goya Foods in a move that may have violated federal ethics laws.

"Executive branch employees may not use their Government positions to suggest that the agency or any part of the executive branch endorses an organization (including a nonprofit organization), product, service, or person," guidelines from the United States Office of Government Ethics states.

Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, said that the photos were in fact an ethics violation.

"If you tout the company's product in an obvious response to the backlash the company is facing for the CEO's remarks about your father-president, you knowingly link your account in people's minds to your official activities; you create the appearance of official sanction," Shaub said.

For this reason, Ms. Trump's Goya tweet is clearly a violation of the government's misuse of position regulation, 5 C.F.R. § 2635.702. Ms. Trump has had ethics training. She knows better. But she did it anyway because no one in this administration cares about government ethics./6

Despite the violation, it's unlikely anything will happen as a complaint would end up at the White House to be reviewed by Trump and the chief of staff, CNN reports

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