Thursday, April 20, 2017

Weeeeellll...Not Exactly

Snake oil salesman at work.

According to the White House's own page he's cited in that tweet:
Today, the President signed a Presidential Memorandum prioritizing an investigation initiated by the Secretary of Commerce into whether steel imports threaten to impair the national security. The investigation is being conducted under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.
  White House
So, he's crowing on his Twitter account about something that he's not actually doing - he's just directed an investigation of the possibility of doing it. This is what happens when you run a country like you run your business, eg. Trump University.

And by "we're going to use American labor," he doesn't mean Ivanka.
The irony of Donald Trump’s criticism of America outsourcing jobs to China is that his daughter Ivanka does just that. Her shoe line — sold in the United States at department stores [...] —is manufactured in Dongguan, in south China’s Guangdong province.

  Daily Beast
More than 50 tonnes of Ivanka Trump-branded clothing was imported into the US as her father told the country “we will... buy American and hire American”, it has emerged.

At least 82 shipments also reportedly passed through US customs from China between the election on 8 November and 26 February.

The investigation by news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) also revealed more than two tonnes in ladies’ polyester woven blouses, 1,600 cowhide leather wallets and 23 tonnes in footwear entered the country during this period.

Analysis last July found not one of 25 different Trump-branded clothing items at New York City’s flagship Macy’s store were made in the US but mostly in China and Vietnam.

  UK Independent
On the day the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump met the Chinese leader, China granted preliminary approval for three new trademarks for her namesake brand, covering jewellery, bags and spa service, according to official documents.

Her company, Ivanka Trump Marks LLC, has been granted four additional trademarks since her father’s inauguration and has 32 pending, according to the Associated Press, which first reported the new approvals.


...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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