Should President Trump and his family make their products in America? | The Tylt
President Donald Trump and his family are under fire for manufacturing their goods overseas. Despite big talk about prioritizing goods "Made in America," the vast majority of the Trump Organization's products are sourced from foreign countries. Some people think the Trump family are hypocrites. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended Trump, saying America does not have the supply chains necessary to produce Trump goods at scale in the United States. What do you think? 🇺🇸
Should President Trump and his family make their products in America?
People are calling the Trump family hypocrites because they don't make their products in the U.S., despite campaign promises the revitalize manufacturing in America. According to a Washington Post investigation, Ivanka Trump produces products in her clothing line using exclusively foreign labor. That's not limited to Ivanka Trump's products.
Trump's products are also largely produced overseas. A Washington Post fact check determined only the "Make America Great Again" hats, water beverages, bedding, and cologne were produced in the United States. The rest of the products Trump puts his name on are produced overseas.
Trump and his family should put their money where their mouth is and produce goods in America. As President Trump said "We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs."
Spicer defended the Trump Organization's choice to produce overseas, explaining the U.S. does not have the manufacturing capacity or supply chains necessary to make the wide range of Trump products.
"I can tell you that in some cases, there are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country," said Spicer.
During the campaign, President Trump defended his choice to manufacture his goods abroad by arguing that's just how the American economy works. Due to overly burdensome regulations and other factors, American manufacturing simply doesn't work. It's too expensive and all the incentives are misplaced. President Trump has shown himself to be a businessman first—you can't build a successful business empire by making sentimental choices.
Trump shrugged off the criticism during the campaign, telling ABC News that Clinton didn't need to raise the issue because he readily took ownership of the foreign items, chalking up the decisions as a financial one given the costs of U.S. manufacturing. Trump pointed to the nature of the economy and blamed then-President Barack Obama's policies for forcing his hand.
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