The Obama administration does not believe Team USA’s Chinese-made Olympics uniforms need to be replaced with American-manufactured threads ahead of the Summer Games later this month.
“Maybe for future Olympics, those kinds of things should be considered,” deputy White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Friday, according to ABC News. “The United States Olympic Committee has said that they are a—they are privately funded. This isn’t a government decision.”
The news that America’s Olympians will be wearing opening ceremony uniforms made in China has prompted outrage from some lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who said the Olympics committee should put the outfits “in a big pile and burn them and start all over again.”
According to ABC, Earnest told reporters that while Obama would rather see the team wearing U.S.-made clothing, he doesn’t want the uniform controversy to distract from the athletes’ achievements in London.
“The president’s views on the high quality of American-made products is well known,” he said. “It’s something he talks about extensively. That includes American-made clothing.”