A new Washington Post report details Senator David Perdue’s efforts to rewrite his extensive ties to China and record of getting rich off of outsourcing work to Asia. The ultra-wealthy former businessman “spoke proudly of his years as a corporate executive in Asia” when he first ran for Senate in 2014. Now as he desperately aligns himself with President Trump, Perdue has tried to erase his record of outsourcing work to Asia and his history of “establishing relationships with the Chinese government.”
Perdue was a top executive at several companies as they made efforts “to lower costs by moving jobs out of the United States to Asia.” Perdue spent years living in Hong Kong and Singapore, “which he used as bases to travel across Asia to take advantage of the region’s lower-cost workforces.” A former colleague at Sara Lee told the Washington Post that “David was a very key figure in terms of establishing relationships with the Chinese government.” At Reebok, Perdue admitted “the company relied almost entirely on foreign production” and even said in a deposition that “100 percent was sourced in Asia.”
In his first Senate campaign in 2014, Perdue celebrated and highlighted his years in Asia in campaign ads. When asked to defend his record of outsourcing, Perdue even said, “I’m proud of it.” But just six years later, Perdue “sought to shift the focus away from such work” in an increasingly difficult re-election campaign.
Perdue has already come under fire for trying to erase his China ties and was caught selectively editing out his China connections from a campaign video. And in a desperate attempt to distract from his own extensive experience outsourcing to China and Asia, Perdue has been using China as a “political football” in his re-election bid, “fearmongering” and lobbing false attacks at his opponent that independent fact checkers say he “should be ashamed” of.
Read more about Perdue’s hypocritical attempts to rewrite his record:
Washington Post: Sen. David Perdue became wealthy outsourcing work to Asia. Now the former CEO stands with Trump, who wants to ‘end our reliance on China.’
By Michael Kranish
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