White House spot­lights ‘Made in Amer­ica,’ though many Trump items made over­seas

Houston Chronicle - - NATION | WORLD - By Philip Rucker

PIS­CAT­AWAY TOWN­SHIP, N.J. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, whose com­pany out­sources the man­u­fac­tur­ing of many of its prod­ucts to over­seas fac­to­ries, is un­veil­ing “Made in Amer­ica” week at the White House to pro­mote prod­ucts made in the U.S.

In keep­ing with the “Amer­ica First” theme of Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion, the ad­min­is­tra­tion will high­light U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ing in the com­ing week, the lat­est of its theme weeks or­ches­trated by aides to bring dis­ci­pline to the White House and fo­cus Trump’s sched­ule and mes­sage on a set of poli­cies.

The week will be­gin Mon­day with a “Made in Amer­ica prod­uct show­case” fea­tur­ing crafts and other items cre­ated in each of the 50 states.

The pres­i­dent plans to is­sue a dec­la­ra­tion Wed­nes­day and de­liver re­marks on the im­por­tance of mak­ing things in the United States. And Satur­day, Trump will travel to Nor­folk, Va., to at­tend the com­mis­sion­ing of the USS Ger­ald R. Ford, the first in the Navy’s new class of nu­clear-pow­ered air­craft car­ri­ers.

“This week the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will honor the amaz­ing Amer­i­can work­ers and com­pa­nies who have prod­ucts that are made in Amer­ica,” He­len Ferre, the White House’s di­rec­tor of me­dia af­fairs, told re­porters at a brief­ing here Sun­day. She said Amer­ica sets “the world standard for qual­ity and crafts­man­ship.”

For Trump, high­light­ing U.S.-made prod­ucts is in­con­sis­tent with his prac­tices as a busi­ness­man. For years, the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion has out­sourced much of its prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ing, re­ly­ing on a global net­work of fac­to­ries in a dozen coun­tries — in­clud­ing Bangladesh, China and Mex­ico — to make its cloth­ing, home decor pieces and other items.

Sim­i­larly, the cloth­ing line of Ivanka Trump, the pres­i­dent’s older daugh­ter and a se­nior White House ad­viser, re­lies ex­clu­sively on for­eign fac­to­ries em­ploy­ing low-wage work­ers in coun­tries such as Bangladesh, In­done­sia and China, ac­cord­ing to a Wash­ing­ton Post in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Asked at Sun­day’s brief­ing whether “Made in Amer­ica” week would in­clude a com­mit­ment from the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion or Ivanka Trump’s com­pany to make more of their prod­ucts in the United States, Ferre told re­porters, “We’ll get back to you on that.”

The White House hopes “Made in Amer­ica” week can draw at­ten­tion to ac­tions the ad­min­is­tra­tion has taken that of­fi­cials be­lieve help U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ing or pro­mote the in­ter­ests of U.S. work­ers, such as with­draw­ing the United States from the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship, mov­ing to rene­go­ti­ate NAFTA or re­mov­ing a se­ries of en­vi­ron­men­tal and other reg­u­la­tions.

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The cloth­ing line of Ivanka Trump re­lies ex­clu­sively on for­eign fac­to­ries in such coun­tries as Bangladesh, In­done­sia and China.

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