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The White House is Celebrating Made in America Week — But Not Without Criticism

Source: The White House is Celebrating Made in America Week — But Not Without Criticism | Alliance for American Manufacturing

This week is about celebrating Made in America. But is the #FakePresident the one to really tout “Made in America”? The article is from The Alliance for American manufacturing.

President Trump is under fire for his reliance on foreign manufacturing for his own products.

Here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing, we live every week like it’s Made in America Week.

But the official Made in America Week is currently happening, and President Trump has a whole host of activities lined up to celebrate.

The fun kicked off on Monday at the White House with the “Made in America Product Showcase,” which highlighted an American company from every state. On Wednesday, the president is scheduled to participate in a “Made in America certification event,” and on Thursday, the president is planning a “Made in America announcement.” Things wrap up Saturday in Norfolk, Va., where Trump will attend the commissioning of the Gerald R. Ford CVN 78 aircraft carrier.

But almost as soon as he announced Made in America week, Trump was criticized for not practicing what he preaches. Multiple news outlets have pointed out that many Trump brand products are made overseas, and frankly, some of that criticism is deserved. Here’s the Washington Post:

“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 décor pieces and other items.”

The Huffington Post also pointed out that Trump’s use of steel and aluminum from China was a big issue during the 2016 presidential campaign, and the president’s daughter/adviser Ivanka Trump is also under fire for her reliance on overseas factories to produce her fashion line. The Daily Beast traveled to the Trump International Hotel in Washington to check out the goods in the gift shop, which had a Made in America T-shirt but nearly everything else for sale was manufactured overseas. (Side note: We offered up some American-made suggestions for the hotel back in September 2016.)

Even the conservative-leaning Washington Examiner ran an op-ed pointing out Trump’s hypocrisy on Made in America.

“’America First’ sounds good when you are the president, but, we all know that whenever money’s been on the table in his extravagant, Napoleon-like penthouse in Manhattan, it’s always been ‘Trump First,’” contributor Mark Vargas wrote.


It’s unclear what might come out of Made in America week — past theme weeks have been overshadowed by current events, often at Trump’s own making. And there’s no doubt that Trump has divided the country, with his opponents pledging to fight him on all fronts.

But whatever you think of Trump, we hope that you can get behind Made in America.

We’ve featured many of the companies taking part in the White House showcase on the blog and our annual gift guide, and our summer interns even talked about their favorite Made in America companies on The Manufacturing Report podcast this week.

American-made goods create jobs and help grow the economy. If every American committed to buying $64 worth of American-made purchases each year, 200,000 new jobs would be created. If contractors increased use of American-made materials by just 5 percent, an additional 200,000 new jobs would be created.

American-made products are also better for the environment, from consumer goods to big industrial needs like steel and aluminum. That’s one of the reasons why a deeply blue state like California is moving toward buying its steel locally — American mills abide by strict environmental guidelines, leading to less pollution to both produce steel and ship it to where it is needed.

And American-made products are often of higher quality than their foreign-made counterparts. There have been serious concerns over China’s lax safety regulations, for example, from everything from toothpaste to toys to dog treats and even processed chicken.

Made in America matters. It’s also perhaps one of the few issues that Americans tend to agree on — 95 percent of voters polled in 2014 had a favorable view of American-made products.

We know that you can’t always buy American-made, but we encourage you to do so when you can. Check the label when you are out shopping, for example. Do a little research on American-made options before making a big purchase like a home appliance or new car.

And we also hope that Team Trump finally steps up and shifts Trump Organization product manufacturing to the United States (Ivanka Trump should also work to manufacture at least some of her clothing line here). Even moving production of just one or two items would go a long way to showing Trump isn’t all talk when it comes to Made in America — and it will support job creation and the economy along the way.


Donald Trump Has Long Benefited From Trade Practices He Now Scorns – The New York Times

As a businessman, Mr. Trump has relied on the type of cheap foreign labor that he vows to clamp down on if elected president.

Source: Donald Trump Has Long Benefited From Trade Practices He Now Scorns – The New York Times

Trump Lays Out Plans on Trade

Donald J. Trump, speaking on Tuesday in Monessen, Pa., promised to renegotiate international trade deals if elected president.

By REUTERS. Watch in Times Video »

Donald J. Trump vowed on Tuesday that as president, he would put an end to policies that send American jobs overseas, threatening to impose tariffs on Chinese imports and promising to punish companies that relocate their manufacturing to countries with cheaper labor.

“It will be American hands that remake this country,” said Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, standing before a hunk of aluminum at a recycling plant in western Pennsylvania.

But such declarations are at odds with Mr. Trump’s long history as a businessman, in which he has been heavily — and proudly — reliant on foreign labor in the name of putting profits, rather than America, first. From cheap neckties to television sets, Mr. Trump has benefited from some of the trade practices he now scorns.

Far-flung apparel

Besides construction, Mr. Trump is big in the clothing business. But most of his line of suits, ties and cuff links bear a “Made in China” label. Some also come from factories in Bangladesh, Mexico and Vietnam. He has blamed China’s currency manipulation to argue that it is almost impossible to find garments that are made domestically these days, or that they are prohibitively expensive.

“The answer is very simple,” Mr. Trump told ABC News when asked about his merchandise in 2011. “Because of the fact that China so manipulates their currency, it makes it almost impossible for American companies to compete.”

Despite that claim, some companies such as Brooks Brothers continue to make clothes in the United States.

Furniture from abroad

In 2013, Mr. Trump teamed with Dorya, a Turkish maker of luxury furniture, for his Trump Home brand. In a news release at the time, the Trump Organization promoted the craftsmanship of the pieces, which furnish some of Mr. Trump’s hotels.

“The entire production process, from the moment the raw wood is cut until the product is finished or upholstered occurs in Dorya’s Izmir, Turkey, production facility,” the release said.

Mr. Trump also invested in a line of crystal bearing his name to go with his Trump Home line. The collection was produced in Slovenia, the home of his wife, Melania. Mr. Trump told The New York Times in 2010 that the production facilities were first class.

“I’ve seen factories over there; their glass and crystal works are unbelievable,” he said.

Putting Romanians and Poles to work

Mr. Trump has not held back when it comes to his concern that undocumented immigrants are taking jobs from American workers, but he has used them on occasion.

In 1980, a contractor hired by Mr. Trump to demolish the Bonwit Teller building in New York and make way for Trump Tower used undocumented Polish immigrants who reportedly worked round-the-clock and even slept at the site. Mr. Trump said that he did not know they were undocumented and later settled a lawsuit over the matter.

Last summer, The Washington Post found that Mr. Trump was using undocumented immigrants for the construction of his Trump International Hotel at the site of the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington.

And The Times reported this year that Mr. Trump had employed hundreds of foreign guest workers from Romania and other countries at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Mr. Trump said that he found it difficult to find qualified local people to work there during the high season.

For outsourcing before he was against it

While Mr. Trump has for years railed against trade and currency policies that he says are unfair, he has not always been opposed to outsourcing.

Writing on the Trump University blog in 2005, Mr. Trump acknowledged that foreign labor was sometimes needed to keep American companies from going out of business.

“If a company’s only means of survival is by farming jobs outside its walls, then sometimes it’s a necessary step,” Mr. Trump wrote. “The other option might be to close its doors for good.”

Mr. Trump usually makes the case that foreign labor is necessary to keep production costs down, but in an interview with David Letterman in 2012 he also offered a humanitarian argument for outsourcing. Teased for selling dress shirts that were made in Bangladesh, Mr. Trump expressed pride that he was creating jobs around the world.

“That’s good, we employ people in Bangladesh,” Mr. Trump said. “They have to work, too.”

Many of us knew that Donald Trump was having his clothing made in other countries such as China, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Mexico. However, many of us didn’t know that he also has his Trump Home furniture and crystal made out of the country. And often used foreign workers to construct and to work in his Trump hotels. Donald Trump says he is like Bernie Sanders in one respect – it is against Free Trade. The difference is Bernie Sanders has been against it since NAFTA came out in 1994. Donald Trump came out against it in October, 2015.

Trump Free Trader


Macy’s Axes Trump Clothing

Macy’s Drops Donald Trump’s Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks – First Draft. Political News, Now. – The New York Times.

Finally some important Fashion News. Donald Trump, if you didn’t know, has a company that makes inexpensive line of clothing that is Made In China, Mexico  or Bangladesh for the past ten years. Usually you can find Donald Trump merchandise at discount stores like Burlington Coat Factory and Marshalls/T.J. Maxx/Ross type stores. However, they are sometimes found in first run stores that offers this same level of clothing: Macys. But, unlike Macys, T.J. Maxx/Ross companies who are basically hand-me down stores, are not going to complain about getting hand me down Trumps. However, Macys who are owned by venture capitalists, and are extremely interested in the bottom line, feel that Donald Trump whose jump off the deep end, making enemies of everybody, will be toxic to their profits and have quickly ended the relationship to the paid actor of “The Apprentice” (yes, Trump is only a paid actor on The Apprentice, he has no personal stake in the company).

You may ask if I have something against Donald Trump. Well, all I can say he is the biggest hypocrite on Earth. Clothingmadeinusablog has been serious about “Buy American” and when Trump rallied against “buying cheap Chinese crap”, it was music to my ears. However, he continued to have all of his “crap” made in China, Bangladesh or Mexico. And that was in 2011, see the story. He never did he bring his manufacturing of clothing back to the U.S. And, now, the Donald says:“Should I start a new product line somewhere in the future, I would insist that they are made in America.” Sorry, Mr. Trump, I know lip service when I hear it. Good riddance.

MACY’S Drops Donald Trump’s Fashion Line Over Immigrant Remarks


Donald Trump, who is seeking to become the Republican Party's nominee for president, at an event in Bedford, N.H., on Tuesday.
Donald Trump, who is seeking to become the Republican Party’s nominee for president, at an event in Bedford, N.H., on Tuesday.Credit Dominick Reuter/Reuters

Another arm of Donald J. Trump‘s business empire is suffering repercussions from his presidential run: his fashion line.

Macy’s, the department store chain, is ending its relationship with Mr. Trump and phasing out his line of suits, shirts and ties after remarks he made about Mexican immigrants. During his presidential announcement earlier this month he called them “killers” and “rapists” while discussing the need for tougher border control.

“We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation,” Macy’s said in a statement. “In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.”

The backlash comes as Mr. Trump has performed well in early polls in Iowa and New Hampshire but is increasingly seeing his business interests under pressure now that his policy views are in the spotlight.

The move comes after a petition that garnered more than 700,000 signatures calling for Macy’s to cut ties with Mr. Trump.

The decision comes as Macy’s has made a big push to court Hispanic shoppers, launching a new line of apparel, shoes and jewelry earlier this year with Thalía Sodi, a Mexican pop star. It is one of major retailers, like Kmart, which have been showering attention on the country’s fast-growing Hispanic population. A report published by Nielsen in March estimated that multicultural consumers spend upwards of $3.4 trillion a year, and make up the fasting growing segment of the consumer economy.

The decision by Macy’s is the latest financial setback for Mr. Trump since he announced his candidacy for president. Univision, the Spanish language network, already decided to end its relationship with him, canceling plans to air his Miss USA pageant in July, and NBC Universal followed suit this week after a petition pressured the network.

Mr. Trump has threatened to sue the networks for breach of contract.

Pageant participants have also protested Mr. Trump’s remarks, which he has continued to stand by.

Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that the breakup was his decision and was made because of pressure that Macy’s was facing from outside groups.

He called his relationship with the retailer small in terms of dollar volume and insignificant in comparison to his beliefs on immigration.

“I have always said that if you are successful, it is very hard to run for office, especially the office of president,” Mr. Trump said. “I have also continually stated that I am not beholden to anyone and this includes NBC and Macy’s.”

A defiant Mr. Trump also accused the companies of supporting illegal immigration and said he was never happy about the fact that the clothing the company sold bearing his name was made in China.

“Should I start a new product line somewhere in the future, I would insist that they are made in America,” he said.

Hiroko Tabuchi contributed reporting.

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