America First? The Trump Organization Imports “Tons” Of Chinese-Made Goods
President Donald Trump has railed against China and promised that his trade negotiations would put ‘America First’, but according to CNN, “Trump properties in the US have imported more than eight tons of goods from China” since last September.
- The news outlet uncovered this information “by reviewing US customs data compiled by ImportGenius, which tracks information companies are legally bound to provide to US customs when they import goods to the US.”
- Records show that the imports came “to decorate his properties while the President has sought to dress down China.”
More than six tons of tables were delivered to Trump International Hotel in New York last fall. On the same day, Trump tweeted, "We are doing very well in our negotiations with China."
A shipment of two tons of wooden and glass showcase cabinets arrived at the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles from Shanghai just two months ago.
Meanwhile Trump has increasingly gone after China for the country's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump tweeted about the "incompetence of China" and accused them of "mass Worldwide killing" two days after the cabinets arrived in LA.
- CNN noted that the Chinese imports appear to be at odds with Trump’s "Make America Great Again" motto, though the outlet also noted that Trump claimed he handed day-to-day control of his business over to his sons after taking office.
- Additionally, the imports show that the “preferences of the businesses bearing Trump's name also appear to be very different from the preferences Trump has called on US executive agencies to embrace.”
Trump issued an April 2017 executive order that federal agencies should "Buy American" and then doubled down on that message in January 2019, issuing an executive order on "Buy-American Preferences" for infrastructure projects, and then in July of that year signing an order on "Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials," that announced his administration would enforce the Buy American Act of 1933 "to the greatest extent permitted by law."
CNN reported that the White House did not offer comment on the matter, and the Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment.