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Ivanka Trump Clothing Will Conveniently Be Exempt From New Tariffs

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Ivanka Trump boarding Marine One on March 29.
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President Trump’s proposed $100 billion in tariffs on Chinese products will affect, among others, the robotics, information technology, communications, and aerospace industries. Not included: “domestic consumer goods” such toys and clothing, according to a report from ThinkProgress. This is particularly convenient for Ivanka Trump, whose eponymous clothing brand manufactures in China.

The Washington Post notes that US officials used algorithms to calculate tariffs that would cause the “lowest consumer impact” on the US economy, thus exempting toys and clothing. However, American Apparel CEO Rick Helfenbein said that the new tariffs may end up hurting brands that manufacture within the US by increasing costs on the machinery used to make footwear and clothing.

Despite the fact that she no longer holds her role as a vice president in the Trump Organization, Ivanka Trump still makes $1.5 million per year as an owner of the Trump family business, according to the Huffington Post. That she is also a top White House adviser and, obviously, the president’s daughter has raised plenty of ethical red flags; the exemption from Chinese tariffs is only the most recent example.