“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American,” Donald Trump pledged during his January 20 inaugural address. “Except if you’re in the family,” he added.
Okay, that last part wasn’t actually spoken, it was just universally understood by anyone with a brain. Anyway, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, writes NBC News:
Despite President Donald Trump’s calls for American companies to manufacture their products in the U.S., shipments of his daughter’s branded, Chinese-made dresses have continued to land on U.S. shores since he took office, documents reviewed by NBC News show. […]
Since Election Day, the apparel brand run by Trump’s daughter has imported 56 shipments of Ivanka Trump products from China and Singapore, part of a total of 215 shipments from Asia since Jan. 1, 2016. […] NBC News traced 53 of the 56 shipments to Chinese ports and three to Singapore.
Remember the campaign trail? “Day one,” Trump was going to declare China a “currency manipulator.” Now Trump’s Commerce Department is quietly considering changing China’s trade status away from it being a “Non-Market Economy.”
Escaping from this label is something China has sought for more than a decade and that Chinese leaders consider a matter of great national pride.