Ivanka leaves White House background call after asked about Chinese trademarks

Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpFive things we know about Dems' sprawling Trump probe Kushner to cooperate with Judiciary document requests Hillicon Valley: Kushner accused of using WhatsApp, personal email for official work | White House rejects request for Trump-Putin communications | Facebook left 'hundreds of millions' of passwords unsecured | Tech pressured to root out extremism MORE left a White House media call she was hosting Tuesday after reporters asked about her recently approved Chinese trademarks, CBS News reports

Trump, President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE's elder daughter and one of his senior advisers, and Holli Richmond, the director of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, were hosting a conference call to answer reporters' questions ahead of White House Sports and Fitness Day.

According to CBS News, Ivanka Trump left the call after she was asked about a report by The Associated Press that China has approved 13 new trademarks for her brand in recent months. 

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Press aide Ninio Fetalvo reportedly answered the question by directing reporters' questions about Trump's company to the press office. 

A reporter later tried to ask Trump about her father's health, CBS reports, and, after a pause, Fetalvo answered again, saying, "Ivanka had to step out for another meeting."

The call comes after China signed off on the 13th Ivanka Trump trademark in the last three months on Sunday, according to documents reviewed by the AP. China also gave her company provisional approval for another eight trademarks. 

The issuing of the new trademarks comes as President Trump faces scrutiny for his ties to China amid his plan to help Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE. The company was previously banned by the Commerce Department from buying tech components after it violated U.S. sanctions on North Korea and Iran.

Richmond reportedly finished the conference call on Tuesday after Ivanka Trump left.

The White House Sports and Fitness Day is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon on the White House South Lawn and will include hundreds of children, parents and athletes to discuss the benefit of sports.