Donald Trump has long abused his power to attack or benefit private companies using his social media presence, and now his chief spokesperson is getting in on the action.
While Trump was tweeting and golfing away the day on Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was using her government Twitter account to lodge a very public complaint about a private company.
Alexa, we have a problem if my 2 year old can order a Batman toy by yelling “Batman!” over and over again into the Echo
The Amazon Echo device allows the user — in this case, Sanders — to enable or disable the voice purchasing feature, or to require a numerical code for purchases, facts that Sanders declined to share.
At first glance, the tweet might seem innocuous, even humanizing, but as former Office of Government Ethics chief Walter Shaub was quick to point out, Sanders’ message falls outside of ethical norms, and perhaps even the law:
In a tweet, Sanders alleged that her toddler was able to complete an $80 purchase simply by repeating a phrase at the family’s Amazon Echo device: