Trump Talks ‘Made in America’ While his Daughter Ivanka Earns Millions from ‘Made in China’ Products
Looking to divert attention from his son’s meeting with a Russian government lawyer that has dogged his administration in the last week, President Donald Trump today announced his “Made in America” Week.
He announced a number of goodies for his business friends including his favorites – repeal of Obamacare, renegotiation of NAFTA, re-invigoration of the manufacturing sector and “trade that works for all Americans.”
But while the president was making his Made in America announcement, critics reported that all the gift items sold in his hotels and the merchandise hawked by his daughter, Ivanka, are made in China, Singapore and Bangladesh.
Last year alone Ivanka imported nearly 100 tons of merchandise from Singapore, Bangladesh and China where it has been reported that the factories that manufacture those goods for her brand pay their workers less than living wage.
“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country,” Trump told his cheering supporters last year on the campaign trail in Indiana. “There are no jobs because China has our jobs.”
“If you look at what’s happened with Ford and with General Motors and with Fiat-Chrysler and so many other car companies, you see what they’re doing back in Michigan and Ohio — they were leaving. They were going to Mexico and many other places,” Trump said. “They’re now staying here,” Trump also said during last year’s campaign.
Apparently most of the jobs the president keeps talking about are being outsourced by his daughter, Ivanka.
Media reports indicate that since 2016 election day, the apparel line owned by Ivanka Trump has imported 60 shipments from China and Singapore, part of the nearly 300 shipments she has brought in from Asia in the last year alone.
U.S. Customs data from research firm Panjiva shows that 56 shipments made since Nov. 8 2016, by Ivanka’s company hailed from Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Earlier today, while touting his Made in America, Trump ignored those facts.
Accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, Trump walked around the White House lawn filled by products made in USA including a fire truck by Wisconsin based manufacturer Pierce, a Caterpillar tractor, Marucci baseball bat and a Stetson hat.
Absent from all these were caps, cups, shirts, ties, handbags, women’s clothes, women’s shoes and other sundries he and his daughter bring into the country every year from foreign manufacturers.
Meanwhile President Trump is in the midst of his worst poll numbers six months into his presidency.
According to national poll results from Bloomberg, Gallup and The Washington Post, Trump’s poll numbers are slumping.
Bloomberg reports that only 40% of Americans approve of the job the president is doing while 55% disapprove. Gallup has the president at an even worse 38% approval while 56% gives him the thumbs down and The Washington Post gives him 36% approval and 58% disapproval.
These poll numbers represent the worst any president has seen in decades and with the myriad of issues facing his administration, it does not appear these numbers will improve anytime soon.
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