Louis Vuitton designer brands Trump a joke following controversial visit to Texas factory – AOL

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Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière has become the latest designer to distance himself from the Trump administration. 

Just a few days after President Trump’s controversial visit to the fashion label’s factory in Alvarado, Texas, the womenswear designer made headlines for a social media post calling Trump “a joke.” 

“Standing against any political action,” the creative captioned the Instagram. “I am a fashion designer refusing this association,” he continued while adding in the hashtags #Trumpisajoke and #homophobia. 

Thurday’s opening of the brand’s new leather goods workshop was joined by first daughter Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, as well as billionaire and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault.

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President Donald Trump tours the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, with Bernard Arnault, chief executive of LVMH, third from right, Alexandre Arnault, second from right and Ivanka Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(FromR) Ivanka Trump, advisor to the US president, US President Donald Trump, Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault, CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke and Alexandre Arnault prepare cut the ribbon during a visit to the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump (R) and husband Jared Kushner, advisors to the US president, visit the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump gestures, flanked by Ivanka Trump (R), advisor to the US president,Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault (2nd L) and CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke during a visit to the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump holds a bag during a visit to the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(FromR) Ivanka Trump, advisor to the US president, Alexandre Arnault, Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault, CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke and US President Donald Trump visit the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(FromR) Ivanka Trump, advisor to the US president, Alexandre Arnault, Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault, CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke and US President Donald Trump watch a worker demonstrate how a bag is sewn during a visit to the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault during a visit to the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Ivanka Trump (R) and husband Jared Kushner, advisors to the US president, visit the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault during his visit of the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault speaks during a visit to the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump talks to the press as he arrives to visit the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump (L), CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke (C) and Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault visit the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump (L), CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke (C) and Chief Executive of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Bernard Arnault visit the new Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado (40 miles south of Fort Worth), Johnson County, Texas on October 17, 2019. – A workshop of the French brand Louis Vuitton will be inaugurated in Texas by Donald Trump, in the presence of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH, who had indicated to the American President in 2017 that he was ready to invest more in the United States. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, depart Air Force One early Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., following a trip to Texas. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, center left, applauds Ivanka Trump during a campaign rally for President Donald Trump, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

President Donald Trump cuts a ribbon with Bernard Arnault, chief executive of LVMH, at the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. At right is Ivanka Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

From left, Michael Burke, Alexandre Arnault, Ivanka Trump and Bernard Arnault talk as President Donald Trump tours the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ivanka Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner are recognized as President Donald Trump speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Energy Secretary Rick Perry listen during an event with President Donald Trump at the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, with from left Alexandre Arnault, Michael Burke, Bernard Arnault and Ivanka Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross listen during an event with President Donald Trump at the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Bernard Arnault, chief executive of LVMH, second from left, Alexandre Arnault, second from right and Ivanka Trump talk as President Donald Trump tours the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump tours the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, with Bernard Arnault, chief executive of LVMH, third from right, Alexandre Arnault, second from right and Ivanka Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump arrives to board Marine One at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, to travel to the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump tours the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, with Bernard Arnault, chief executive of LVMH, third from right, Alexandre Arnault, second from right and Ivanka Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ivanka Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner are recognized as President Donald Trump speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump arrives with Bernard Arnault, chief executive of LVMH during a ribbon cutting ceremony with at the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump participates in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, with from left Alexandre Arnault, Michael Burke, Bernard Arnault and Ivanka Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump tours the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, with Bernard Arnault, chief executive of LVMH, right, Alexandre Arnault, third from right, Ivanka Trump, second from right and Michael Burke. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump tours the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Donald Trump tours the Louis Vuitton Workshop Rochambeau in Alvarado, Texas, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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“We are very honored to have the president of the United States,” said Arnault to WWD. “I’m not here to judge any types of policies.”

Echoed the label’s chief executive officer Michael Burke:

“This is about engaging with the president of the United States’ overriding economic goal of bringing jobs back to the United States…it’s ironic that it’s a French company that’s doing it. There’s a subject…for those who want to be critical. Once again we’re helping out America. That’s what friends are for.”

While many were quick to comment on the impact of the factory’s opening on job creation, the Trumps’ visit on Thursday was marked with its fair share of backlash, including Trump’s now-viral mispronunciation of the label’s name and the exclusivity of brand itself. 

For more on their visit, watch the video above. 

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Tom Ford: No

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Marc Jacobs: No

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Sophie Theallet: No

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Derek Lam: No

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Phillip Lim: No

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Tommy Hilfiger: Yes

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Thom Browne: Yes

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Marcus Wainwright: Yes

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Vera Wang: Neutral

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Calvin Klein: Yes

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