The golden statue of Donald Trump that conservatives lined up for photos at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has a surprising origin, and it’s more than a little embarrassing considering the rhetoric of the former president.
The statue was made in China, Politico and CNN reported.
“Everything is made in China,” Jose Mauricio Mendoza, business partner of statues designer Tommy Zegan, admitted to Politico. “I want to be honest because if I want to sell these statues, they have to be real.”
CNN even obtained images of the statue in China, above.
Trump has spent much of his administration denouncing China, despite extensive trade relations with the country (himself and his family company). He also hammered China during his speech at CPAC.
The creators of the statue initially claimed it was made in Mexico, but Mendoza ultimately confirmed the truth to The Independent.
“If somebody says, ‘Why would he do that?’ Well I think you don’t want to have a statue of Trump at CPAC and say ‘Yeah, it was made in China,'” Mendoza told the newspaper, adding that they could make four statues in China for the price of one elsewhere. .
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