Head of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) Bernard Arnault and US President Donald Trump both took part in the ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of Louis Vuitton’s new leather goods workshop in Alvarado, Texas on October 17.
LVMH’s $50 billion investment in the new production facility will lead to the employment of approximately 1,000 people within a 5 year period according to Arnault, who went on to describe how he has always thought of America as a land of opportunities and how this deal reflects his company’s business ties with the nation.
Trump, who is gearing up for next year’s re-election campaign, thanked Arnault and LVMH for making such a big investment in America. According to LVMH, the people that they hire have no history in handbag manufacturing and are subject to in-house training before they begin to make products. This means jobs are open to a wider pool of candidates and Trump was not shy in showing his appreciation for this. During the visit, Trump also spent time touring the new facility alongside daughter Ivanka.
After the news broke, critics on social media didn’t hold back from sharing their thoughts – see below for what they had to say.
LOUIS VUITTON HAD DONALD TRUMP CUTTING A RIBBON?????? pic.twitter.com/dq5e753vxy— Karlie Flo$$ (@FUCCl) October 18, 2019
I’m so glad that he’s doing important stuff while people are being killed in Syria. #WeakPresidentTrump— Mark (@TheMarkDeSalvo) October 18, 2019
Just turned the brand into trash.— Carmen (@CarmeninSD) October 18, 2019