by Countable | 7.18.17
On Monday, the White House kicked off its themed "Made In America" week with a showcase of products manufactured in each of the 50 states. The theme was immediately marred in controversy as the President, and his surrogates, struggled to explain why so many Trump family products are made outside America.
"We're here to celebrate American manufacturing and showcase all the products of the 50 states made in the U.S.A.," the President said on Monday. “Remember in the old days, they used to have 'Made in the U.S.A.'? We're going to start doing that again. We're going to put that brand on our product because it means it's the best,” he added.
The President then signed an executive order aimed at supporting American businesses and protecting U.S. workers.
At the same time Trump was enjoying cider doughnuts from New Hampshire and Cheerwine soda from North Carolina, shoppers could purchase a Trump tie that was made in China or buy one of Ivanka Trump’s white ruffled tops that was made in Indonesia. Last week, the Washington Post reported that Ivanka relies "exclusively on foreign factories" to manufacture her products.
And while the New York Steinway pianos and Tennessee Gibson guitars were being set up at the White House, the Department of Homeland Security announced it would expand the number of temporary H-2B visas for seasonal workers by 15,000. The decision was made after Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta determined there were not enough "qualified and willing U.S. workers" that could fill the needs of businesses.
In February, Mar-a-Lago announced it would hire 64 workers under the program. (The President has said that his Florida resort relies on immigrant labor for "seasonal work.")
During a press briefing on Monday, press secretary Sean Spicer was asked if, in honor of this week’s theme of "Made In America," the Trump Organization or Ivanka Trump would commit to “stop manufacturing wares abroad.”
Spicer responded by initially pivoting to the President’s "Made in America" agenda before saying that that, with respect to President Trump and Ivanka’s brands, “obviously it’s inappropriate to discuss how anything would affect their own companies.”
However, Spicer acknowledged that "Made In America" may not be possible for all industries.
"There are certain things we may not have the capacity to do here in terms of having a plant or a factory that can do it…. But some lines, some industries, some products may not have the scalability or the demand here in this country, but like so many other things, if there's enough of a demand then hopefully somebody builds a factory and does it," Spicer added.
The White House is hoping that the "Made In America" week will draw attention to actions the White House believes will help U.S. manufacturing and U.S. workers, such as withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, relaxing environmental regulations, and moving to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
On Monday, during the showcase, the President voiced his opposition to free trade saying, "People say, oh, that’s free trade. No, that’s stupid trade. That’s really stupid trade."
Hoping to make the trade less stupid, Monday also saw the release of the Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation. This broad list of objectives includes a plan to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA countries, create an "appropriate mechanism" to ensure countries don’t manipulate their currency, and end a controversial mechanism that allows for the review of trade remedies.
This trade remedy, known as the "Chapter 19 dispute settlement mechanism," allows companies to appeal trade decisions that were made in domestic courts in an alternative panel. U.S. lumber, and other industries, have rallied against the mechanism, saying it stymies America from being able to fully enforce its trade laws. Trump said these new NAFTA objectives are all about his favorite word--”reciprocity.”
"Over the next short period of time you're going to see things announced that you won't even believe for our country and for selling product in our country and making product in our country and things that are great for American jobs," Trump said.
"Made In America" week will continue with the President signing a declaration on Wednesday and continuing to speak about the importance of American-made products. On Saturday, he’ll travel to Virginia and attend the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. Upcoming theme weeks include “American Heroes” week on July 24th and “American Dream” week on July 31st.
What do you think?
Is it ok for the President to push "Made In America" while Trump products are made outside the U.S.? Do you think free trade harms or helps American businesses? Does NAFTA need to be renegotiated, or do we need a change to U.S. hiring practices and wages? Comment below.
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Trump is the ultimate huckster. He has no intention of making his products in the US, it would make him less money. Ivanka similarly will never manufacture in the USA.
Trump is a hypocrite on making things in America. It's so bad, he even outsourced his opposition research to Russia.
The biggest hypocrite of them all. If Bernie Sanders could produce all of his campaign products in the USA how can a man who promised "to make America great" again not do the same? At this point I cannot understand why any GOP senator or house of representative would still stand behind this man. He is single-handedly making a mockery of your party!
Hypocrisy on steroids. What ever happened to leading by example?
Fraud in Chief.
I give Trump a lot of credit for promoting products that are clearly not advancing his own family's products which are not "Made in America". The way I see it, Trump is patriotically doing what is best for America by promoting American made goods even though doing this is at the expense of indirectly telling people not to buy his own family's foreign made products. I'm sure if Trump's products were all made in America, he would be accused of having ulterior motives.
He is a superficial con artist. His family will continue to maximize their profit by making their products overseas at the expense of American workers while saying anything that he thinks will gain him votes. Words will never match actions. His loyalty is not to his nation but to his class whether they are Russian oligarchs or Saudi Atabian sheiks. He is loyal to that class that helps him make money no matter what country they are in, because his love loyalty is to his own cash
What a hypocrite! Stop letting him get away with nonsense!
No, of course it's not okay that trmp's and his daughter's clothing is not made in America by Americans. Biggest hypocrite there is.
With the advent of the Internet, and air travel becoming less expensive and available to all. It seems to me that there's no going back on trade, that free trade throughout the world with all countries participating, each of their own individual level should, in theory make us more competitive, and the results should be lower price better quality products. So free trade is the best way to grow our economy and unite the world. Countries that are doing business together, less likely to go to war with each other when they depend on each other for their very survival. Or at least depend on ea other for TVs, and smart phones! As long as the agreements are fair and just, and the environment is protected, free trade is here to stay and supported by me. However, this is the height of hypocrisy, and their (TRUMPS) standard operating procedure for this effed up administration to come out with a "made in America week" at the same time that all their goods are made overseas. Honestly if you admit you voted for Trump people are gonna think you're an idiot… And they'll be right.
This is overloaded B.S. the current administration earns money personally on imported goods. "Made in America" is a joke.
I appreciate the president's intentions, but his family also owns several businesses that manufacture goods in countries known for cheap labor—companies like his are the whole reason we need a Made in America initiative. His hypocrisy makes the effort seem like a cheap political stunt.
Impeach this disaster. We've had enough.
I noticed that Caterpiller was prominent in his display of "American manufacturing." Did somebody mention what they are doing to Peoria Illinois? Moving their headquarters to Chicago - one justification being better quality executive employees and access to international travel being another. Peoria looses, Chicago and the world market gains. More Trump voters likely in Peoria than Chicago. Globalization will continue despite the bull crap from Washington. It's driven by money. By the way, the Coal mine in Pennsylvania Trump brags about was begun in 2016. It's a Canadian company mining coal for the steel industry. The steel mills located not too far away are owned by a company out of Luxembourg. Maybe Trump needs to watch whom he pisses off if he's concerned about jobs.
45 is such a hypocrite!! I would be surprised if he were made in America. He was probably hatched in a Russian secret facility.
This president has to go . Impeach already.
Elmer gantry anyone? And how about those 15,000 visas for foreign workers ? Let's not forget clean coal and all those mining jobs It's way past time for him to go Do it now
Trump needs to divest himself if his business ties, as do his children & all the White House business people. Why isn't "made in America " also relevant to the President !?!?!
Wake up! Trump is a ConMan and has no business being president. Impeach him!