Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez accused President Donald Trump of hypocrisy after the Commander in Chief issued an executive order April 18 that will push federal agencies to hire American workers and make products in the U.S. (video below).
"I kid you not. It's an executive order... directing that people 'Buy American' and 'Hire American,'" Perez proclaimed, drawing attention to Trump's own alleged foreign financial interests, according to Fox News. "Well, maybe you could start with your own damn businesses."
Kicking off a national tour in Portland, Maine, with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in a joint effort to galvanize the progressive base of Democrat-leaning voters, Perez added: "The wall that [Trump] wants to build is going to have to have a garage door because all the products he makes in Mexico will have to drive through it."
The DNC chairman continued: "I haven't seen this executive order, but I'm rather confident, my friends, that if you turn it over, you'll see the inscription 'Made in China' on the back of the executive order. Because -- you know what, folks -- he talks a mean game but he doesn't walk the walk. He talked to the leader of China just recently. He could have talked about all the jobs that have been lost to the dumping of steel by the Chinese government. Tens of thousands of good, middle class jobs that have been lost. Did he raise that? Hell no! He had a sock in his mouth."
The executive order, in Trump's own words, intends to direct federal agencies to buy American and hire American.
"The buy and hire American order I'm about to sign will protect workers and students like you," Trump told a crowd of technical students and manufacturing employees in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to CNN. "It's America first, you better believe it. It's time. It's time, right?"
The order also mandates a review of the H-1B visa program for skilled workers.
Trump promised the executive order would "aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job."
While the order applies only to federal agencies, the apparent contradiction of a U.S. politician championing a commitment to domestic employment and production while simultaneously maintaining commercial interests overseas has been a criticism of Trump's rhetoric since the early stages of his 2016 presidential campaign.
According to The Washington Post, Trump's clothing line is manufactured in China, Bangladesh, Honduras and Vietnam.