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Mitt Romney’s Family Trust Invested In Chinese Companies

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Mitt Romney’s 2011 tax returns, which were finally released today, show that Romney’s family trust invested in two Chinese companies, a bank and a state-owned oil company.

Then, as Romney’s presidential campaign gained momentum, the trust sold the shares. This might not a big deal if Romney hadn’t spent much of the past two years criticizing China for using unfair trade practices, and then faulting Obama for not being tougher on China’s policies. For instance, Romney has said a lot of things like this:

“President Obama has spent 43 months failing to confront China’s unfair trade practices,” Mr. Romney said in a statement after Mr. Obama’s announced that the government had filed trade complaints against China. “Campaign-season trade cases may sound good on the stump, but it is too little, too late for American businesses and middle-class families.

Doesn’t sound so great now, does it? But here’s the real kicker:

On Aug. 10, 2011, as Mr. Romney was emerging as a harsh critic of China, the shares were sold, producing a profit of $8,138, as the trust made money on the oil company but lost money on the bank.

via Mitt Romney’s Family Trust Invested In Chinese Companies.

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Written by edparnell

September 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Posted in Dumb, Fail

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