CNN host Chris CuomoChris CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Former co-worker accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in NYT essay Tucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' MORE railed against President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's "pandemic priorities" on Wednesday evening after the president posed for an Oval Office photo with several Goya Foods products as the White House doubled down on its support of the company amid boycott calls after its CEO praised Trump.
"You tell me how a president, in the middle of a pandemic, has got time for this bullshit," Cuomo said on his nightly news program. "Are you kidding me?"
Trump earlier in the day shared on Instagram a photo of himself sitting at the Resolute Desk with a variety of Goya products in front of him.
The photo was shared just a day after Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpMary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Trump Tower debt added to watch list as vacancies rise House panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe MORE, the president's daughter and a White House senior adviser, shared a similar tweet that said, "if it’s Goya, it has to be good."
"This is what [Trump's] resolute about," Cuomo said. "Are you kidding me?"
"On your dime, in the middle of a pandemic, they’re selling beans," he added. "Are you kidding me? Seriously, seriously. This is not left and right, this is reasonable, my brothers and sisters. The guy is sitting on the Resolute Desk with a bunch of Goya products."
"On your dime, in the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans!" says @ChrisCuomo, outraged over Pres. Trump's "magic beans" photo.— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) July 15, 2020
"Are you kidding me? Seriously. Seriously... what good reason?" pic.twitter.com/zih858VuBB
Calls to boycott Goya, which claims to be the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S., first gained traction after CEO Robert Unanue said at a White House event last week that "we're all truly blessed" to have Trump as president.
In an apparent show of support for the company, Ivanka Trump on Tuesday shared a photo on Twitter of herself with a can of Goya beans. In addition to his Instagram photo on Wednesday, Trump also tweeted that Goya Foods is "doing GREAT" while attacking the "The Radical Left smear machine."
The posts, however, raised concerns about potential violations of federal ethics rules for public officials. According to the Justice Department, a federal employee's position should not be used "to coerce; to endorse any product, service or enterprise; or to give the appearance of governmental sanction."
"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," Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubThousands march on Washington in voting rights push White House defends plans for Hunter Biden art sale Hunter Biden artwork attracts ethics scrutiny: report MORE, a former director of the Office of Government Ethics, said in a series of tweets.
Others, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery Ocasio-Cortez explains 'present' vote on Iron Dome Dingell fundraises off Greene altercation on Capitol steps MORE (D-N.Y.), mocked the younger Trump's message. The first-term congresswoman tweeted in Spanish, "If it's Trump, he has to be corrupt."
The White House blamed the media and the "cancel culture movement" for the criticism Ivanka Trump's social media post received.
“Only the media and the cancel culture movement would criticize Ivanka for showing her personal support for a company that has been unfairly mocked, boycotted and ridiculed for supporting this administration — one that has consistently fought for and delivered for the Hispanic community,” White House specialty media director Carolina Hurley said in a statement.
Cuomo said that the picture of Trump and the Goya products exemplified why the U.S. needed Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump on what would prevent 2024 bid: 'I guess a bad call from a doctor' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior — CDC panel approves boosters for some, but not based on jobs Fauci: 'Worst time' for a government shutdown is in middle of pandemic MORE, the nation's top infectious disease expert, amid the health crisis. Fauci has been targeted by multiple administration officials in recent days over some of the warnings he's issued amid the pandemic.
"The idea of [Trump] messing with Fauci when he's selling magic beans is crazy," Cuomo said.