Monday October 8, 2018
Inconsistency between rhetoric and action is hallmark of this presidency.
Our president's attacks on businesses are inconsistent with how he runs his own companies.
President Donald Trump called on Americans to boycott Harley-Davidson after the manufacturer announced it is moving production of motorcycles sold in Europe due to the tariff skirmish. Meanwhile, the Trump Organization has hotels, luxury apartments and name-licensing agreements around the world, along with its international golf course operations.
Trump took aim at Apple after it said proposed tariffs on China could result in price increases on popular consumer devices. He called on the company to make its products in the United States instead of China. Yet Britain's The Guardian reports that Trump and his daughter Ivanka have had their businesses manufacture clothing items overseas.
On Jan. 5, 2017, Trump tweeted about Toyota's plans to use a new plant in Mexico to build cars for U.S. sale.: "Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax."
Yet NPR reported that after Trump became president, he reversed himself to honor the One China policy. Thereafter, China awarded his companies about three dozen valuable trademarks.
Despite the president's rhetoric that foreign workers hurt American workers, he has hired 240 foreign workers at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida since he announced his presidential candidacy in June 2015. There were 61 for the 2018 winter season, according to Fox News. His policy of reducing H-2B visas stifles industry such as Maryland's crab houses and agricultural businesses.
Jane M. Seidel
Trump says one thing, does something else