As the White House champions a "hire American" agenda, the administration wants to slash funding for a small government office that many US companies say they rely on to stay ahead of foreign rivals, underscoring how competing political interests are complicating President Donald Trump's pledge to restore the manufacturing industry.
But experts say bringing back manufacturing in a substantial way would require dramatic shifts in trade policy, corporate incentives and worldwide business deals.
The Presidents "Made in America" week is not getting off to a good start. In keeping with the promise, Trump has attempted to decrease regulations on companies in the USA and also renegotiate trade deals with many foreign nations.
On the matter of Trump-branded items, he added, "I can tell you that in some cases, there are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country".
"My ties, many times, are made in China, not all of them, by the way, but a lot of them are made in China, because they have manipulated their currency to such a point that it's impossible for our companies to compete", he said at the time. "Remember in the old days, they used to have 'Made in the U.S.A.?' 'Made in America, ' but Made in the U.S.A.' We're going to start doing that again".
"American workers, farmers and innovators are really the best in the world", President Trump said. John McCain, R-Ariz., recovers from surgery, the White House has chose to take the lead to move forward the President's agenda for the rest of the year.
But White House aides have struggled to answer questions about the Trump Organization's and Ivanka Trump's decisions to manufacture a number of products overseas in places like China and Mexico.
Trump admires a wheel loader made by Caterpillar. They included administration officials and members of Congress.
"We want to build, create, and grow more products in our country using American labor, American goods, and American grit", Trump said.