CNN uncovers Trump double speak as Trump organisation imports of Chinese good increase

This was uncovered in an article on the CNN website by Kylie Atwoods.

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Washington (CNN): US President Donald Trump has been criticising China and has been sending signals to the Americans of his purported ‘tough stand’ against the Jinping regime. However, at a personal level, he has been cosying up to China by importing massive Chinese goods for his properties in the USA, thus harming his own country’s interests. This has been revealed in an article on the CNN website titled ‘Trump blasts Beijing in public, but privately Trump org imports tons of Chinese goods’ written by Kylie Atwoods. 

The article highlights with supporting data on how Trump realties imported over eight tonnes of material from China since September last year. On the basis of data from US customs compiled by ImportGenius for monitoring companies which have to pay to US customs for importing goods. The material would be used to adorn Trump properties while he has been publicly seeking to expose China.

The Trump International Hotel, New York got over six tonnes of tables last year. Trump had tweeted then, "We are doing very well in our negotiations with China."

The Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles received a shipment of two tonnes of showcase cabinets made of wood and glass from Shanghai a couple of months ago. On the other hand, Trump blamed China for its tackling of the pandemic. Trump called it 'incompetence of China' and alleged that they indulged in 'mass Worldwide killing' a couple of days following the shipments.

Though Trump publically said he had relinquished his business for his sons, he has been controlling the businesses. It is unclear what role he plays in the business empire. Though he harps on the economic nationalism saying "Make America Great Again", these imports are quite contrary to that stand. Companies carrying Trump's name have different preferences from Trump’s announcements against China.



When contacted by CNN, the White House refused to comment while the Trump companies did not respond to queries. Attorney General William Barr called Silicon Valley and Hollywood as "pawns" of China recently. He threatened American companies seeking China-friendly policies that it could mean a violation of foreign lobbying laws.

Trump also said he would sign the legislation, passed by Congress, to impose sanctions on businesses, people supporting China stifling Hong Kong's autonomy.

Trump has criticised former Vice President Joe Biden saying the latter’s "entire career has been a gift to the Chinese Communist Party" and are "devastating for the American worker."

On the other hand, Biden said, "He (Trump) ignored the warnings of health experts and intelligence agencies, and put his trust in China's leaders instead."

Trump’s apparent escalation of tensions with China may have potentially negative effects, which are still not clear, for the US economy, which has been badly hit by the pandemic, said officials.

While Trump launched a broadside against China for the Coronavirus spread. Some months ago, he had something else to say. "China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus," he said in a tweet on January 24, "The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!"