Chris Cuomo blasts Trump over photo with Goya products: 'In the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans'

CNN host Chris CuomoChris CuomoDefiant NJ gym owners to CNN's Cuomo: 'We're being villainized' Chris Cuomo blasts Trump over photo with Goya products: 'In the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans' Democratic super PAC to launch 'Creepy Trump' TV ad MORE railed against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection 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.

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The photo was shared just a day after Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpUS should support Ngozi for WTO Director General   Trump administration awarding M in housing grants to human trafficking survivors Deutsche Bank launches investigation into longtime banker of Trump, Kushner 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." 

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. 

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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 ShaubDemocratic senators call for ethics review into Ivanka Trump's Goya tweet Chris Cuomo blasts Trump over photo with Goya products: 'In the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans' Trump shares photo with Goya Foods products after Ivanka faces criticism MORE, a former director of the Office of Government Ethics, said in a series of tweets.

Others, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Michelle Obama, Sanders, Kasich to be featured on first night of Democratic convention: report Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports 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. 

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“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 FauciPublic health expert: 50 percent effective coronavirus vaccine would be 'better than what we have now' Overnight Health Care: Trump to take executive action after coronavirus talks collapse | Vaccine official says he'd resign if pressured politically Fauci's DC neighbors put up 'thank you' signs in their yards 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.