Pete Souza, chief photographer for former presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, has made a name for himself, shining a light on the current president’s actions as compared to his predecessors. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes the photo says it all.
Donald Trump just increased tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese products—a move that National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said will increase tensions between the U.S. and China where “both sides will pay.”
Trump maintained that China’s Gross Domestic Product would suffer most from the 15% increased levies because of a “diminishing export market.”
The tariff increase went into effect on Friday after Trump accused Beijing of reneging on trade negotiations.
Trump shut down naysayers by urging U.S. manufacturers to build products domestically.
Build your products in the United States and there are NO TARIFFS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2019
His statement didn’t sit well with everyone, particularly Souza.
Souza underscored the hypocrisy of Trump’s ludicrous proclamation with a photo of shipping boxes containing Ivanka Trump’s shoes that indicate her products are “made in China.”
Marc Fisher Footwear is Ivanka Trump brand’s licensee and produces her shoes, but is she exempt from her father’s directive?
Souza’s post inspired other consumers to share the manufacturing labels of other goods bearing the Trump name.
One of the last few items on the rack at our local Younkers going out of business sale. Made in China. pic.twitter.com/32DEGknwbb
— Diane (@DianeC0710) December 6, 2018
Marshalls can’t even give away this Ivanka Trump swag also made in China.
Still too much.
— Julia Sheffo (@j3wls) May 10, 2019
Would never buy these people's products
— Tina Harker (@TinaHarker1) May 12, 2019
The irony with the “made in China” label is glaringly apparent in merchandise promoting Trump’s MAGA campaign.
Your MAGA hats are made in China, idiot.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 10, 2019
Even MAGA hats are made in China? Then Trump is Making China Greater(MCG)
— Yvonne Omer (@KaligirwaYvonne) May 12, 2019
Making China great again!
— ConnectTheDots (@RelierLesPoints) May 12, 2019
China hasn’t cornered the market on American patriotism. Bangladesh has gotten in on the action as well, but fortunately, they’ve been spared the tariff hikes. For now.
Nothing says America like "Made in Bangladesh"
— geo8x6 (@geo8x6) May 10, 2019
Such is the nature of the Republican hypocrisy.
Trump is like his supporters. Eyes closed, fingers in ears screaming "LA LA LA LA LA LA!"
— Socrfan (@JimSocrfan1) May 11, 2019
Beijing threatened to make “necessary countermeasures” but so far hasn’t specified any retaliatory actions.
Most economists criticize tariffs, which are considered to be an outdated tool of national policy and fell out of favor after World War II.
According to CNBC, “trade restrictions make an economy less efficient.”