In keeping with its America First platform, the White House has declared this week “Made in America” week.
The week is slated to kick off today with a showcase highlighting 50 products made in the U.S. On Wednesday, President Trump will issue a proclamation supporting making in America. Then on Saturday, he is expected to visit Virginia to commission the new USS Gerald R. Ford 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 White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre. “Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, not only will the American worker never be forgotten, but they will be championed.”
Since taking office, the Trump Administration has pulled the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, initiated a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, instigated a review of all trade agreements and backed out of the Paris climate accord in what it sees an effort to protect American jobs.
At one point or another, Trump has also promised tariffs on goods made in Mexico and China to level the playing field for goods that are made in America. When asked if those tariffs or similar might still come to fruition, several media outlets quote a source in the Administration as saying, “At this stage, everything is on the table.”
And while Trump’s base has rallied around bolstering manufacturing jobs at home, a recent report shows fewer than 30% of Americans would want their children to go into these fields.
[Read more about how Americans view manufacturing jobs: Deloitte: American Manufacturing Has a Major Image Problem]
Further, Made in America week has been met with a slew of stories in which journalists have wasted no time reminding the American public that many products carrying the Trump name aren’t made here. Both the President and his daughter have come under fire for producing goods overseas and a recent Washington Post article traces production for the Ivanka Trump label to places like Bangladesh, China and Indonesia.
When asked during the press conference if the Trump family was ready to commit to making more of their products here, Ferre is reported to have said: “We’ll get back to you on that.”