President Trump forgot to give his International Hotel in Washington D.C. two weeks notice for “Made In America” week.
Comically, during a week he created to celebrate domestic economic consumption, the gift shop at Trump’s International Hotel in Washington D.C. only sells one item that was actually made in America: a 100% cotton “Trump Washington D.C.” shirt for a hefty $32.
You can’t fault his business acumen though, its plain economic fact that labor is cheaper in the countries where most of the gifts in the shop were made.
In the shop, a child’s bib made in Peru is selling for $30. There’s a Trump golf hat made in Bangladesh for the same $32 it takes to buy the American made shirt, and even $15 body butter made in Canada.
Also being sold in the store: a “Trump” fleece pullover for $50 made in Pakistan; another golf hat for $32 made in China; and a Greg Norman golf pullover, priced at $80, made in Vietnam.
All in all, as a businessman, outsourcing labor is a sound, rational move. As president, creating “Made in America” week is something anyone can get on board with. For Trump, the issue is reconciling the two.
A few photos obtained by the Daily Beast’s Sam Stein showcasing the clothing can be seen below:
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