“We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.” Donald Trump, January 20th, 2017
Speaking to a sparse crowd on the Washington Mall on Inauguration Day, Trump reiterated his campaign promise to bring jobs and factories back to America. Or as he campaigned on, “Make America Great Again.”
Either China has become part of the United States since he was elected or this pledge did not pertain to his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
Since her father was elected, Ivanka has imported 53 tons of merchandise from the People’s Republic. While her fathered attacked American CEOs for their importing of Chinese goods and exporting American jobs, the younger Trump imported a mountain of goods that included 2 tons of polyester woven blouses, 1,600 cowhide leather wallets, and 23 tons of footwear. With no signs of stopping, China reported that she had ordered 10,000 pairs of shoes for the next season.
Christopher Balding, an expert on Sino-US trade relations at Peking University, told AFP it is “very hypocritical to make [bringing jobs back to the US] a policy plank and manufacture her products in China.”
This hypocrisy should surprise no one. President Trump campaigned on taking care of the “forgotten man,” promising to defend the little guy but he had a history of refusing to pay debts to small businesses and at the same time, unabashedly growing his Trump empire.
In the end, that is what this administration will be remembered for – Making Trump Great Again. However, it will be at the expense of the country and the American people.