President Trump's 'Made In America' Week Is Already Backfiring Spectacularly

18 July, 2017, 03:13 | Author: Valerie Burke
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"We've been making hats for 152 years and we are the hat", said Dustin Noblitt, president of Stetson.

"The week ahead is going to be a great opportunity to highlight and to celebrate American workers and American companies that are responsible for producing the goods marked "Made in America" that are a gold standard throughout the world", White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre said Sunday.

Plagued by daily revelations related to the escalating Russian Federation investigations, the White House is dubbing the coming week "Made in America week" as it tries to focus on issues that matter to the president's base.

Many Trump-branded products are produced outside of the United States.

Trump climbed into an American-made fire truck parked behind the White House, took a swing with a baseball bat in the Blue Room, and briefly donned a customized Stetson cowboy hat in front of cheering manufacturing company executives from all 50 states gathered to hear him praise their products.

Asked about Ivanka Trump products again later in the briefing, Spicer replied, "I can tell you it depends on the product".

In a 2015 interview, then-candidate Trump defended the overseas manufacturing of Donald Trump-brand neckties, which he said were mainly made in China due to currency manipulation. "It is a very hard thing and it's because they devalue their currency", he added, referring to alleged Chinese efforts that made it less expensive to employ workers in the country.

Comments about the Trump Organization's business efforts by the president and his advisers have waned since his election, particularly as critics decry what they view as potential conflicts of interest. Ferre said the US sets "the world standard for quality and craftsmanship". "We will buy American and we will hire American". I'm not going to comment on specific products, but I will tell you that the overall-arching goal, of course, though, is to grow manufacturing - to grow and invest here in the United States and to grow U.S. workers here.

"The beauty of a capitalistic society is a lower tax rate will grow businesses", Spicer said.

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