Why Was Ivanka Trump Branded A ‘Hypocrite’ For Wearing This Dress?

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by Katie Rosseinsky |

In Donald Trump's first ever Address to Congress on Tuesday night, the new President chose to focus on the importance of buying American products, with a new slogan: 'Buy American and hire American.'

'Currently when we ship products out of America, many other countries make us pay very high tariffs and taxes, but when foreign companies ship their products into America we charge them nothing or almost nothing,' he said in his speech. 'I will be asking Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in infrastruture of the United States [...] This effort will be guided by two core principles. Buy American and hire American.'

It seems, however, that his daughter Ivanka didn't get the memo beforehand. The 35-year-old businesswoman chose to wear a fuschia pink cocktail dress for her appearance at Congress, made by the French designer Roland Mouret. Talk about mixed messaging...

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner ©Instagram

Ivanka posted a picture of herself and husband Jared Kushner, a senior advisor in Trump's administration, with the caption 'Getting ready to leave the White House with @realdonaldtrump as he prepares to address Congress #JointSession.'

A spokesperson from Roland Mouret told The Independent that the Rawlings dress cost $1868 (or £1772), and was produced in the UK.

Naturally, social media users were quick to point out the irony of Ivanka's outfit, which some even branding the President's daughter as 'hypocritical.'

After the President tweeted that 'the time has come for a new program of national rebuilding that will be guided by two core principles: Buy American, and Hire American!' one user responded with: 'Except Ivanka who wore a £3000 French designer made dress.'

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Ivanka Trump controversy: tweets ©Twitter

'Dad said Buy American so Ivanka wore a French designer's dress #hypocrisy' wrote another user.

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Ivanka Trump controversy: tweets ©Twitter

Others pointed out a further flaw in Trump's argument: the fact that products from his own and Ivanka's eponymous lines are not made in the United States.

'Buy American. When will the Trumps buy American? His suits and ties are made in China. Also Ivanka's clothing is made in other countries,' pointed out one user.

This is not the first time that Ivanka has come under fire on social media since his father's inauguration. In January, she was criticised for sharing a picture of 'date night' with her husband shortly after her father's controversial immigration ban was put into place, with Twitter users labelling the post 'offensive' and 'inappropriate.'

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