It was October of 2012 that Letterman embarrassed Trump by revealing the hypocrisy of purporting to sell and promote American products.
During Trump’s campaign for President he declared that he was committed to bringing jobs back to America. He was clear that he would be the greatest jobs President ever.
In keeping with his stated goal of bringing back jobs to America, Donald Trump declared that this week would be Made in America Week.
Monday, the president rang in the week by sitting inside a fire truck on the South Lawn of the White House. I guess the idea is that we can’t outsource jobs of firefighters, so Trump thought it would be safe to celebrate the importance of American firefighters.
Make no mistake. There are firefighters in China, but they don’t respond as quickly to American fires as they do to Chinese fires. Trump has indicated that he thinks this is because the Chinese firefighters favor Chinese fires over American made fires!
In spite of the President’s dedication of this week to be the “Made in America Week” Trump and family still seem to be unwilling to make their products in America, or even hire Americans to work at Trump owned properties.
2. In spite of Trump’s slogan “Buy American and Hire American” and his executive order
of the same name, Trump continue to rely on foreign labor. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club has filed documents to bring in additional foreign workers under the H-2B visa program. To qualify for such a visa the owner of the company must represent that they are unable to fill temporary non-agriculture jobs in the United States with US workers.
4. Trump said on July 17 that the U.S. will no longer allow other countries to “break the rules, steal our jobs and drain our wealth.” Yet,
Ivanka Trump’s company manufactures a total of 0 items in the United States. The Washington Post reported
just last week, her company relies “exclusively on foreign factories,” including in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Vietnam and China, to manufacture the shoes, handbags, blouses, dresses, jeans and shirts.
5. Many items in Trump’s own clothing and home accessories are produced overseas
in countries including China, Bangladesh and Mexico.
6. Even at Trump hotels,where guests might pay $850-per-night, Dana Milbank revealed
that the posh “Trump Hotels” bathrobe and slippers were made in China, and the guest rooms are replete with foreign-made goods. Milbank reported that the towels were made in India, the china was made in Japan, telephones were made in Malaysian, and various items including a coffee machine and several lamps were all made in China.
7. While Trump promised steel workers that he would restore lost jobs Trump built at least two hotels
with steel and aluminum from China. Steel Union leaders expressed their outrage at Trump’s hypocrisy. Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers Union, called
Trump a “phony” who has “never done anything for anybody but himself.” The AFL-CIO published a report
decrying Trump as a “sellout” whose “decisions are all about higher profits for himself and his family at the expense of American producers and their employees.”
8. Trump promoted
his April 18 executive order, “Buy American — Hire American,” at Kenosha, Wis.-based Snap-On Tools, which has numerous manufacturing sites and distribution centers overseas, with more in the works.
If Donald Trump remains the President of the United States, we might anticipate the designation of other weeks:
- The Week of No Meetings With Russians.
- The Week of No More Revelations about Trump ties to Russians.
- The Week of Celebration of the FBI Independence.
- The Week of Border Wall Construction celebrating the commencement of construction by American workers of a wall between America and Mexico.
- The Week of Celebrating Health Care for All Americans.
- The Week of Celebration of the End of North Korean Nuclear Testing.
- The Week of the End of Global Warming.
- The Week of Celebration of the Open Dialogue Between Japan and America. (President Trump says he went over to chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a dinner at the G-20 Summit because the woman sitting next to him didn’t speak any English. That woman was the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Akie Abe. However the joke was on Trump. Akie is fluent in English. Trump told the New York Times in an interview Wednesday that he assumed she didn’t speak English, because she wasn’t speaking to him. Mrs. Abe, the daughter of a wealthy Japanese family, attended a private Roman Catholic international school before she attended college. During her 12 years there she had rigorous English-language instruction as part of her curriculum. Mrs. Abe is so comfortable with the English language that she has given speeches in English. Evidently what she wasn’t comfortable with was sitting next to the pussy-grabber-in-chief.)