Sure, the White House's reaction to the ongoing controversy over the Chinese-made U.S. Olympics team outfits was a little more tepid than, say, Harry Reid's, Nancy Pelosi's, or, um, Donald Trump's, but it's clear that this issue is not going away any time soon. As Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, according to ABC News:
Maybe for future Olympics, those kinds of things should be considered ... The United States Olympic Committee has said that they are a—they are privately funded. This isn't a government decision.
That's a markedly more reserved take than those from legislators like Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, both of whom added their displeasure that the uniforms aren't domestically made, with Reid even going so far as to suggest we pile up the Ralph Lauren blazers and berets and burn them. Not to be left out any controversy, Sarasota County GOP Statesman of the Year took to Twitter to second Reid's call:
America's Olympic uniforms are manufactured in China. Burn the uniforms!#U.S.OlympicCommittee— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2012
For fans of irony, Talking Points Memo's Benjy Sarlin notes that Trump manufactures a clothing line in China because "it's cheaper," but then, his clothes aren't cradling the bodies of our nation's champions.
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