Hypocrisy: Made in America

This week the White House is hosting Made in America week, several days of blatant hypocrisy when the president and his daughter, also one of his closest advisers, will pretend to care about making products here while they make millions from products made somewhere else.

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Copyright: Jonathan Roland https://www.flickr.com/photos/110671496@N06/30953338733

The week will begin Monday with a “Made in America product showcase” featuring crafts and other items created in each of the 50 states. The president plans to issue a declaration Wednesday and deliver remarks on the importance of making things in the United States. And Saturday, Trump will travel to Norfolk to attend the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first in the Navy’s new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

“This week the Trump administration will honor the amazing American workers and companies who have products that are made in America,” Helen Ferre, the White House’s director of media affairs, told reporters at a briefing here Sunday. She said America sets “the world standard for quality and craftsmanship.”

For Trump, highlighting U.S.-made products is inconsistent with his practices as a businessman. For years, the Trump Organization has outsourced much of its product manufacturing, relying on a global network of factories in a dozen countries — including Bangladesh, China and Mexico — to make its clothing, home decor pieces and other items.

Similarly, the clothing line of Ivanka Trump, the president’s older daughter and a senior White House adviser, relies exclusively on foreign factories employing low-wage workers in countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia and China, according to a recent Washington Post investigation.

So they won’t be celebrating any of their products this week because they don’t meet America’s “world standard for quality and craftsmanship.” How amusing. I would ask whether the Donald will be wearing one of his signature suits, or Ivanka a pair of the shoes from her clothing line, but those products are made for the masses, not for rich people. The clothes they wear probably cost 10 times (or more) as much as the clothes they sell to the middle class gawkers looking for a little reflected glory off the shiny Trump name for themselves.

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