Monday marks the start of "Made in America" week at the White House. On Wednesday, President Trump will sign a declaration highlighting the importance of manufacturing goods right here in the United States.
Seems ironic for a president whose own clothing line, the Donald J. Trump Collection, is made everywhere except in the U.S.
His shirts? Made in Bangladesh.
His ties? Made in China.
And his suits? Made in Mexico. Yes, that Mexico.
If you look up the saying, "do as I say, not as I do," you will find a picture of Trump. As the president of hypocrisy, this week is nothing more than laughable. Even first daughter and Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump's clothing line is made overseas.
But no one has highlighted the irony and hypocrisy of it all better than my very dear friend, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who wore a pink Trump tie during an interview in 2016 with CNN's Michael Smerconish and declared: "This is a Donald Trump tie. And then you see here that it's made in China. So, what is the integrity of this man? By importing ties from China, he is not committed with his promise to U.S. workers that he will defend jobs."
Although Trump has hit a wall figuratively speaking in building a border wall and making Mexico pay for it, and his attempt in 2007 to build a resort in Mexico also failed, at least he was able to successfully manufacture suits from his clothing line in Mexico. So it can't be all that bad. Perhaps Trump can propose that the tax on his suits coming in from Mexico will pay for the wall instead.
"America First" sounds good when you are the president, but, we all know that whenever money's been on the table in his extravagant, Napoleon-like penthouse in Manhattan, it's always been "Trump First."
President Trump will always promote products that are made in America. But businessman Trump has always promoted products that are made overseas. "Made in America" makes for a catchy campaign slogan, but to the Trump family, it results in a terrible profit margin.
Mark Vargas (@MarkAVargas) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential blog. He is co-founder and president of tech startup Licentiam. From 2007-2010, he served as a civilian within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
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