This is rather fortunate for a certain first daughter and White House advisor who happens to not be a chicken incubator tycoon, but instead has a personal clothing brand of her own that manufactures much of its apparel in the Middle Kingdom.
Despite her father’s mantra of “Buy American, Hire American,” Ivanka Trump clothing, shoes, handbags, and jewelry are mostly made in Chinese factories, including ones with questionable labor standards. Last May, three activists were arrested while investigating labor abuses at one of Ivanka’s suppliers in southern Jiangxi province. The trio were only released on bail last month, the president’s daughter never issued any statement about their year-long detainment.
Apparently unconcerned with the hypocrisy or bad press, it seems that Ivanka Trump’s label has no plans of moving manufacturing operations to the US anytime soon. According to the Huffington Post, one of the line’s largest suppliers, Chengdu Kameido Shoes, is continuing to churn out Ivanka Trump shoes without any hassle. In fact, the company has also expressed its willingness to begin producing footwear for her father as well.
As Trump slaps heavy tariffs on China, one company appears to have been spared: Ivanka's clothing brand. The company has another order for 140,000 pairs of shoes from a Chinese factory already in the works. https://t.co/NsOeq3cocr
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) July 9, 2018
After all, Ivanka is really only following in her father’s footsteps. Countless Donald Trump-branded products have been manufactured in foreign countries over the years, including in the workshops of China. Meanwhile, Trump’s refusal to divest himself from his business and avoid the appearance of being bribed by foreign governments has raised innumerable eyebrows.
During her father’s presidency, Ivanka has seen a number of her Chinese trademark applications granted, sometimes with peculiar timing. On the same day that she sat down to enjoy a meal in Mar-a-Lago alongside Xi, her company was granted provisional approval for three new trademarks in China. Only a few days before her father made the peculiar decision to vow to save Chinese phone-maker ZTE from ruin, her brand was granted approval for five more trademarks.