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Ivanka Trump Goes Against Dad's 'Buy American' Message

| by Kathryn Schroeder

First Daughter Ivanka Trump reportedly went against her father's campaign pledge to buy and hire American by importing 100,000 pounds of clothing from China for her namesake brand.

At least 82 shipments for Ivanka's brand passed through U.S. customs from China between Nov. 8, 2016 and Feb. 26, 2017, an investigation by Agence France-Presse found, reports the Independent. Additionally, more than 4,000 pounds of women's woven blouses, 1,600 cowhide leather wallets, and 46,000 pounds of footwear entered the country during that time period.

The goods Ivanka imported were made in China by three U.S. companies that hold licenses for her brand, including G-Ill, Mondani Handbags and Marc Fisher Footwear.

In mid-January, Ivanka stepped down as CEO of her Ivanka Trump brand, as well as her position in the Trump Organization.

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Over the last decade, more than 1,200 shipments of Trump-branded products have been received in the U.S. from China and Hong Kong.

During President Donald Trump's inauguration speech, he said, "We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American."

He expressed the same sentiment on Twitter on March 6.

"Buy American & hire American are the principles at the core of my agenda, which is: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!" he wrote.

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The Trump family has had numerous retailers remove their products from shelves since the businessman was elected president, according to Business Insider.

The anti-Trump boycott, launched by Shannon Coulter with the hashtag #GrabYourWallet, resulted in Nordstrom cutting ties with Ivanka and removing her brand from its stores, citing declining sales. Neiman Marcus and Shoes.com have both stopped carrying Ivanka's products, as has Belk. Macy's has stopped carrying the president's branded merchandise but does still sell Ivanka's.

The Home Shopping Network and Wayfair no longer carry the Trump Home line of products.

Trump used Twitter to respond to Nordstrom's decision to drop Ivanka's products: "My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!"

Although some stores have ceased carrying Ivanka Trump products, sales spiked following White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's plug of the products on "Fox & Friends," according to the Independent. 

"Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would say. It's a wonderful line, I own some of it. I'm going to give a free commercial here, go buy it today," Conway said on Feb. 9.

That same day, Ivanka's sales jumped by 219 percent from the day prior on Lyst, the biggest fashion e-commerce website in the world, the Independent reported. And her fashion line soon became the 11th most popular on the site. In January, it was ranked number 550.

Sources: Independent (2, 3), Donald Trump/Twitter (2), Business Insider / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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