WASHINGTON — Monday was the start of “Made in America Week” at the White House, a celebration of U.S. industry and products. Along with a showcase of goods made in each of the 50 states, the event came with questions about the wide selection of products President Trump’s family businesses source from overseas factories.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer began his briefing on Monday afternoon by framing the celebration as fulfilling the president’s promise to “deliver for America’s workers.” As further evidence, Spicer cited Trump’s executive order to “maximize … the use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States.” Spicer described that order as a “historic action” though it has been criticized as a piece of political theater that does not include any quantifiable definition of what it would mean to “maximize” American production or how long it will take to accomplish.
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Yahoo News asked Spicer if the White House push for products to be “Made in America” will include commitments from the companies run by Trump’s immediate family.
The Trump Organization, which produces products that bear the “Trump” brand and the names of the president’s real-estate ventures, has a long history of producing its wares overseas. Last year, the Washington Post conducted an examination and found that the products made abroad by the Trump Organization include shirts, glasses, cologne, housewares and vodka. To mark “Made in America” week, the Daily Beast’s Sam Stein perused the gift shop at Trump’s Washington hotel and found goods from China, Vietnam and Peru. Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, who is a White House adviser, has her own clothing line that relies heavily on poorly paid foreign labor.
Spicer responded to the question about the Trump family’s businesses making products abroad by saying the president’s agenda of “regulatory relief” and…