White House plan­ning ‘Made in Amer­ica’ week

Events in­clude prod­uct show­case, Trump procla­ma­tion

The Dallas Morning News - - NATION & WORLD - Jill Colvin, The As­so­ci­ated Press

PISCATAWAY TOWN­SHIP, N.J. — Plagued by daily rev­e­la­tions re­lated to the es­ca­lat­ing Rus­sia 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.

Speak­ing to re­porters at a ho­tel near Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s golf course in Bed­min­ster, N.J., White House direc­tor of me­dia af­fairs He­len Aguirre Ferre said Sun­day that the White House will be host­ing a “Made in Amer­ica” prod­uct show­case Mon­day fea­tur­ing prod­ucts from all 50 states.

The pres­i­dent also is ex­pected to is­sue a procla­ma­tion Wed­nes­day on the im­por­tance of mak­ing goods in Amer­ica and will travel to Vir­ginia on Satur­day for the com­mis­sion­ing of the USS Ger­ald R. Ford, a new air­craft car­rier.

“For too long our gov­ern­ment has for­got­ten the Amer­i­can worker. Their in­ter­ests were pushed aside for global projects and their wealth was taken from the com­mu­ni­ties and shipped over­seas,” said Ferre. “Un­der the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, not only will the Amer­i­can worker never be for­got­ten, but they will be cham­pi­oned.”

Trump has pledged to bring back U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs lost to tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion and out­sourc­ing by scal­ing back reg­u­la­tions and rene­go­ti­at­ing the coun­try’s trade deals. 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 ef­fort comes amid es­ca­lat­ing in­quiries into pos­si­ble ties be­tween Trump cam­paign aides and the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment, which in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have con­cluded med­dled in the 2016 elec­tion in an ef­fort to help Trump win.

Crit­ics have ac­cused Trump of hypocrisy when he’s pushed “Made in Amer­ica” in the past be­cause so many of the prod­ucts he and his fam­ily mem­bers have sold over the years were man­u­fac­tured over­seas. That in­cludes mer­chan­dise sold un­der his own name and his el­dest daugh­ter’s, in­clud­ing cloth­ing items and shoes.

Asked whether the pres­i­dent would use this week to com­mit the Trump or­ga­ni­za­tion and his daugh­ter’s brand to make more of their prod­ucts in Amer­ica rather than over­seas, Ferre was non-com­mit­tal.

“We’ll get back to you on that,” she said.

The pres­i­dent’s fi­nan­cial as­sets are be­ing held in a trust. Ivanka Trump stepped back from day-to-day man­age­ment of her brand be­fore tak­ing on an of­fi­cial role as a White House ad­viser.

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