By Sahid Fawaz
New images from China are casting a dark cloud over President Donald Trump’s promise to put American workers first.
“But they are made in eastern China and soon could be hit by punitive tariffs of Trump’s own making as he ratchets up a rancorous trade dispute with Beijing.
At the Jiahao Flag Co Ltd in Anhui province, women operate sewing machines to hem the edges of ‘Trump 2020’ flags the size of beach towels, while others fold and bundle them for delivery.
The factory has turned out about 90,000 banners since March, said manager Yao Yuanyuan, an unusually large number for what is normally the low season, and Yao believed the China-U.S. trade war was the reason.
‘It’s closely related,’ she said. ‘They are preparing in advance, they are taking advantage of the fact that the tariffs haven’t gone up yet, with lower prices now.’
The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of goods from China. After Beijing retaliated in kind, Washington announced levies on an additional $200 billion worth of products and threatened more, targeting potentially all of China’s exports to America – including flags.
The campaign banners highlight a paradox in China-U.S. relations under Trump.
At about $1 apiece, even suppliers to the Trump campaign, who, Yao says, are located both in China and abroad, can’t resist the low price. Yao’s factory has been making Trump banners since the time his tag line as a candidate was ‘Make America Great Again’.
‘Sales have been great ever since 2015,’ she said.”
The images below were taken of workers in China making Trump campaign materials for the next election.
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