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Ivanka Trump Ignores Dad, Makes Clothes In China

| by Ray Brown

President Donald Trump has urged Americans to "buy American," but it appears that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, isn't listening.

According to an investigation by the Agence France-Presse, between Trump's election win on Nov. 8, 2016 and Feb. 26, 2017, Ivanka Trump's clothing line imported more than two tons of women's polyester woven blouses, 1,600 cowhide leather wallets and 23 tons of shoes made in China. The AFP based the numbers on records provided by U.S. Customs.

The Trump Organization had no comment about the shipment details.

During a "thank you" tour across the country in December after Trump's election victory, Trump spoke often about the economy and, at one stop in Ohio, said he would push a message American workers might like to hear: "Buy American, hire American."

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"The American worker built this country and now it's time for American workers to have a government for the first time in decades answers to them," Trump added, according to CNN.

In February, Ivanka Trump sat in on a policy meeting at the White House where Trump talked about "tough policies" to bring "our jobs back" with two dozen manufacturing CEOs in attendance to hear the president's pitch for them to keep manufacturing jobs in the country.

"Everything is going to be based on bringing our jobs back," Trump said, according to the Associated Press. "The good jobs, the real jobs. They've left."

After the meeting, a spokesperson for the Ivanka Trump brand said the president's daughter's company "consistently expressed that we share industry leaders' interest in bringing more manufacturing opportunities to the U.S. and are looking forward to being a part of the conversation," according to the AFP.

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But two days later, the news agency reported that more than 5,000 Ivanka Trump polyester blouses arrived in Newark, New Jersey, from China.

According to AFP, Trump-branded products have imported more than 1,200 shipments from China over the past 10 years, which has led to criticism of Trump for running on a political message that seems to counter his actions in his much longer role as a businessman.

But that hasn't stopped Trump from calling out American manufacturers from outsourcing jobs to other countries, including threats of high tariffs on American companies that seek to bring in products made with outsourced labor, which seems hypocritical to others.

Christopher Balding, a China-U.S. trade relations expert at Peking University, called it "very hypocritical to make [bringing jobs back to the U.S.] a policy plank and manufacture [Ivanka Trump's] products in China."

But Balding also defended the move, adding: "she couldn't get those products manufactured in the U.S. at a reasonable price point."

Sources: AFP via Yahoo, AP, CNN / Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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