A charity auction featuring access to Ivanka Trump for the highest bidder has been shut down only ten days after it started. The Eric Trump Foundation was behind the auction that was billed as “coffee with Ivanka Trump in NYC or DC,” an offer that immediately raised some eyebrows for possible ethical issues it posed with the incoming Trump administration. According to the New York Times, many bidders were using the auction as a chance to sit with Trump’s daughter in order to gain insight into the administration’s plans:
Mr. Ozkural wanted to meet with Ms. Trump — who is considering playing an informal role in her father’s administration — to gain insight into topics like President-elect Donald J. Trump’s possible future dealings with Turkey and other nations where Mr. Ozkural invests, he said.
“The nature of my business, we talk to a lot of different governments, a lot of politicians and lawmakers across the world,” Mr. Ozkural said in an interview on Thursday, adding that he recently had a conversation with the president of Argentina. “You end up getting a better sense of what the modus operandi will be.”