WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. uniforms for the Olympics are American red, white and blue — but made in China. And that has congressional leaders outraged.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the U.S. Olympic Committee should be ashamed of itself. He suggested Thursday, July 12th they toss the uniforms into a big pile and burn them. Then U.S. textile plants could make the navy blue blazers with the team patch, cream-colored skirts and navy berets with red and white stripes.
Reid says the industry is desperate for jobs.
“I am so upset. I think the Olympic Committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put ‘em in a big pile and burn them and start all over again. If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says USA on it, painted by hand, that is what they should wear. We have people in America, in the textile industry. We have people in the textile industry who are desperate for jobs and I think what the Olympic Committee has done is absolutely wrong,” Reid said.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she’s proud of the athletes, but they should be wearing uniforms that are made in America.
The U.S. Olympic Committee responded to the criticisms, saying: “The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors.”
It went on to say it’s proud of its partnership with Ralph Lauren, which it points out, is an American company.