Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Made in America: Arkansas-based Hytrol Visits White House

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Melinda Barton | 18 July, 2017, 10:24

While the president showcased American made vehicles today at the White House - including a firetruck - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was taking heat from reporters over the fact that Trump businesses have outsourced a number of brands to other countries. Spicer said he did not believe Cobb had vetted the president's tweet on Monday. Within 20 minutes, Trump Jr. replied, "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".

The contrast in messaging is not lost on critics who are tagging the president and his family on social media, posting photos of Donald and Ivanka Trump brand merchandise purported to be made elsewhere.

In keeping with the "America First" theme of Trump's inauguration, the administration will highlight US 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.

Trump's speech at the White House continued his campaign message of building up American manufacturing. The President transferred his business holdings into a trust run by his sons, and did not sell his stake.

"As we have stated, once Bob Mueller and three of our partners left the firm to form the Special Counsel's Office, we advised Jared to get independent legal advice on whether to continue with us as counsel", Ms. Gorelick wrote in a statement on Friday.

In a plan more consistent with past priorities, Trump and his team of (ex-Wall Street) advisers are also hoping to use Made in America Week as part of their push to cut taxes on corporations.

For companies like Hytrol, it's a chance to show the country what's possible. Some Ivanka Trump clothes are made in China, Vietnam and Indonesia. The company declined to comment for this story.

The debate highlights the hard decisions Trump faces as he tries to fulfill his ambitious pledge to bring back manufacturing to the United States. Conservatives have long argued that American corporate tax rates are too high, which encourages companies to flee overseas or dodge them.

Much like rebuilding our infrastructure, encouraging American manufacturing and trying to keep jobs on American soil is the kind of initiative on which Trump could probably attract Democratic interest under normal circumstances.

Good question. Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, business leaders such as Stephen Schwarzman and Carl Icahn, and a raft of White House advisers, including the bulk of the National Security Council, can not fail to see the chaos, the incompetence, and the potential illegality in their midst, and yet they go on supporting, excusing, and deflecting attention from the President's behavior in order to protect their own ambitions and fortunes.

Sarah Altschuller, a lawyer at Foley Hoag who specializes in corporate social responsibility compliance, said the law could be used to further Trump's America-first agenda.