Sunday, April 15, 2018
One Chinese industry that is notably not subject to those new U.S. tariffs, however, is the clothing manufacturing industry. Many of the products branded by Ivanka Trump's fashion and clothing line are manufactured in China. And China recently approved three new trademarks for Ivanka Trump's brand there -- on the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping in her official capacity as White House advisor.
Exempting clothing from the new round of U.S. tariffs therefore stands to immensely benefit the value of Ivanka Trump's personal brand. Meanwhile, domestic clothing manufacturers have cried foul.
In a statement reacting to the tariffs and Trump's noteworthy exemption for Chinese-produced clothing, Rick Helfenbein, chief executive of industry group the American Apparel & Footwear Association said, "This would directly raise costs on domestic manufacturers and impact our ability to grow Made in USA."
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