Why Should We Believe Anything Donald Trump Says? He Buys His Steel from China

Jackie Tortora

Jackie Tortora AFL-CIO, Blog/Social Media Manager

Another Donald Trump bombshell dropped this week—and it's not pretty. 

Trump talks a big game on creating good manufacturing jobs in the United States, but his business practices say otherwise. 

A new Newsweek study shows Trump purchased steel from Chinese manufacturers rather than from U.S. producers, in at least two of his three recent construction projects.

Did it somehow slip his mind there are steel manufacturers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin?

Newsweek points out there's nothing illegal about Trump using foreign materials and manufacturers, but it's laughable to think Trump has ever really cared about America's manufacturing:

Trump has not committed any crimes by purchasing his steel and aluminum from China, nor did he engage in wrongdoing by using Chinese textile factories to make his clothing lines. But, given the only beneficiaries of his decisions to go with cheaper Chinese metals for his construction project are Trump and his family, he is not someone who ever attempted to lead by example by only buying products made in America. He filled his bank accounts with millions of dollars that could have gone to blue-collar workers, many of whom now believe he is the man who will bring back the jobs that he secretly helped to destroy.

The United Steelworkers (USW) union posted the following reaction on its Facebook page:

USW President Leo W. Gerard said:

The USW, though not surprised by Trump’s actions, is furious over his efforts to undercut key American manufacturing jobs in the construction of his buildings he so often brags about....The investigation from Newsweek, released Monday, is a shocking exposé on Trump’s plan to not only buy his steel and aluminum from the Chinese, but to use shell companies and corporate black holes to try and hide his greed even as he was planning to run for president.

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This has been reposted from the AFL-CIO.

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From AFL-CIO

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