White House, Trump prepare for "Made in America" week

Frederick Owens
July 18, 2017

Mr. Spicer said it would be "inappropriate" for him to discuss Trump companies, but he said in some cases, "there are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country".

In April, President Trump signed an excutive order requiring federal government projects in the US use American made products, including steel.

Trump will sign a proclamation designating May 17 "Made in America Day".

During Monday's White House press briefing, Yahoo News's White House Correspondent Hunter Walker asked Press Secretary Sean Spicer whether the Trump family would stop manufacturing products overseas. "Their interests were pushed aside for global projects and their wealth was taken from the communities and shipped overseas", said White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre.

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The White House is kicking-off "Made in America Week", re-focusing on President Trump's "America first" campaign promise from the 2016 election.

The White House said Monday that nobody knows better than President Trump, whose name brands of shirts and ties have been made in places such as China or Indonesia, how hard it is to manufacture products in the U.S. It's an issue that resonates with the president's base, and one that senior aides sought to highlight Sunday as the president spent the weekend attending the U.S. Women's Open golf championship at a course he owns.

The primary reason why Trump has come under fire is that as alleged by many, several of the Trump products are made in China. A recent Washington Post investigation revealed that Ivanka's company outsources production to factories in Bangladesh, Indonesia and China. As the theme implies, the White House will now celebrate American products and domestic manufacturing.

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