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We all know that Donald Trump has an uneasy relationship with the truth, see our Trump Lies page to get a sense of just how uneasy, but last week he set a new standard for outright hypocrisy that he'll have trouble eclipsing in the months and years ahead.

 

That's because last week, according to White House decree, was Made in America Week. Here's what the Mr. Trump said at the press conference that kicked off the event: 

 

"But we’re here today to celebrate American manufacturing and to showcase the amazing products from all 50 states, made in the USA. Remember in the old days they used to have "Made in the USA", "Made in America"?  But made in the USA.  We’re going to start doing that again. We’re going to put that brand on our product because it means it’s the best."

 

Let's assume that the President was, for once, telling the truth. If he is, then Trump-branded stuff must be the worst because most of it's made in underdeveloped nations by men, women, and kids who toil in horrible conditions for a couple bucks a day.​

As numerous media reports chronicled, Trump and his daughter Ivanka spend a lot of time praising American workers--they just don't employ them. In honor of the President's visit to a community where the words "Made in America" have special significance, we've assembled a number of the stories that detail his hypocrisy. With any luck at all, someone in the media will confront him about the issue while he's here...

On Inauguration Day, President Trump stood in front of the U.S. Capitol and vowed that his “America First” agenda would bring jobs back to the United States. “We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs,” he declared, adding: “We will follow two simple rules — buy American and hire American.”

 

As the Trumps stood on stage,...10 ships hauling Ivanka Trump-branded shoes, cardigans and leather handbags bound for the United States were floating in the north Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coasts of Malta, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea and Yemen.

Those global journeys — along with millions of pounds of Ivanka Trump products imported into the United States in more than 2,000 shipments since 2010 — illustrate how her business practices collide with some of the key principles she and her father have championed in the White House. Read more...

President Donald Trump’s “Made in America” week kicked off Monday, and quickly received heavy ― and negative ― media attention. And it’s only natural that the president and his family have been called to task for the production of their own merchandise, most of which is made overseas.

Trump has spoken openly about the fact that many of his goods are imported, but has offered no real plan to rectify that practice to fall in line with his “buy American, hire American” rhetoric.

And then of course, there’s Ivanka Trump’s merchandise. Hardly a day goes by when one of the overseas factories that make her products aren’t making headlines. Read more...

JOHN YANG: Today, the White House South Lawn was turned into a showcase for products made in each of the 50 states.

But not on display, merchandise sold by the Trump Organization or Ivanka Trump’s fashion line. Most of those things are made overseas.

Here to talk about how Ivanka Trump’s clothing is made is Matea Gold of The Washington Post. She’s part of a team of reporters that investigated the Ivanka Trump brand’s manufacturing practices.

Matea, thanks for joining us.

In your story, you said that the Ivanka Trump fashion line had retail sales of about $100 million last year. What does she make, and where does she make them?

MATEA GOLD, The Washington Post: The Ivanka Trump brand, which the first daughter still owns, but doesn’t control on a day-to-day management, makes clothes, handbags, shoes in an array of overseas factories, we found, exclusively in foreign factories.

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When asked why he doesn’t lead by example and have more of his products from the Donald J. Trump Collection made in the U.S., Trump wrongly responded, “They don’t even make this stuff here.” They do.

When the interviewer cited Brooks Brothers as one example of a company that makes apparel in the U.S., Trump said, “They don’t make here, not that I see.” He’s wrong about that, too.

The issue was raised by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week on May 8, after Trump threatened to impose tariffs or taxes on American companies that move their manufacturing overseas. On the campaign trail, Trump has criticized companies such as Carrier, Apple, Nabisco and Ford for moving production to cheaper offshore locations. (Even if some of his claims about those companies were incorrect.)

“But don’t you have to also lead by example?” Stephanopoulos said. “You know, so many of the products in the Donald J. Trump Collection are made overseas — Bangladesh, China …” Read more...

The Trump Organization is asking the federal government for special visas to hire scores of foreign workers for two of President Trump's private clubs in Florida — the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach and the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.

The requests for H-2B visas, posted on the Department of Labor website, are for 26 cooks, nearly 50 waiters and waitresses, plus housekeepers, a hostess and a bartender. The jobs range in pay from just under $12 to less than $14 an hour. Mar-a-Lago and the Jupiter club have relied on foreign workers in past years for staffing during their peak seasons, which run October through May.

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