WASHINGTON -- Team USA may be comprised of America's best athletes, but their uniforms have a more foreign origin. The patriotic red, white and blue outfits designed by Ralph Lauren to be worn during the opening ceremony were made in China.
Questions over whether overseas companies should be assembling the U.S. team's uniforms made their way to Congress on Thursday, with House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responding to the revelation first reported by ABC News.
“We take great pride in our Olympic athletes and try to watch them through as many of the trials as possible. I can’t wait to stay up all night to see as much as possible of them. We take such pride and they work so hard. They represent the very best and they’re so excellent, it’s all so beautiful,” Pelosi said.
“And they should be wearing uniforms made in America,” she concluded.
Boehner, when asked about the issue, tersely said of the U.S. Olympic Committee: “You’d think they’d know better.”
But the most heated remarks on the uniforms were delivered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
"I am so upset. I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves.... I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them. And start all over again," Reid said during a news conference.