On Labor Day, President Donald Trump tweeted an image of himself and First Lady Melania Trump with a message about building our country with American products. What many quickly realized, though, was that Melania’s $2,255 dress in the photo wasn’t exactly in line with the “made in the USA” ethos, seeing as it was made in Italy by Greek designer Mary Katrantzou.
The president’s tweet read: “We are building our future with American hands, American labor, American iron, aluminum and steel. Happy #LaborDay!” The image also plugged the president’s social media accounts because he loves attention, but no news there. Twitter users pointed out the messaging mismatch between FLOTUS’s attire in the photo and the president’s statement, marking another fashion snafu within a week (Melania was criticized for wearing stilettos while boarding Air Force One to view the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston firsthand. She later changed into sneakers to meet with victims.)
To be fair, Trump and his team likely chose a random photo of the first couple for the Labor Day post; the picture is actually from a picnic in June, so it’s not like Melania chose a foreign designer specifically, but you’d think the White House would insist on having all its bases covered.
It’s also worth noting that beyond her penchant for foreign fashions and glamorous photo ops, the Trumps’s pre–White House business model was entirely dependent on foreign labor. Ivanka Trump’s products are not made in America, and the Donald J. Trump Collection is not manufactured in America.
Check out the presidential tweet and Twitter reactions below: