Event plays to pres­i­dent’s base

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - By Jill Colvin Tom McGhee, The Den­ver Post

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

Colorado sign com­pany to be rec­og­nized.

A Colorado-based sign com­pany will rep­re­sent the state in a White House event Mon­day that will high­light Amer­i­can-made prod­ucts.

Gor­don Sign de­signs, man­u­fac­tures and in­stalls signs through­out the coun­try. In the Den­ver area, the com­pany’s signs in­clude one for the Alamo Draft­house in Lit­tle­ton. The com­pany’s web­site says it has been de­sign­ing, build­ing and in­stalling cus­tom signs for more than 110 years. 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.

But 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 his “Made in Amer­ica” week to com­mit the Trump or­ga­ni­za­tion and his daugh­ter’s brand to make more of their prod­ucts in Amer­ica, rather than over­seas, Ferre was non­com­mit­tal.

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

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