President Donald Trump on Monday posed with baseballs bats, donned a cowboy hat, and climbed into a firetruck for photo opportunities promoting American manufacturing.
As part of his “Made in America” week, the president posed with products made in all 50 states.
Trump and Pence also admired the other large vehicles parked on the White House lawn, including a front-end loader.
In a speech, the president called for a return to America’s manufacturing heyday, a reality that many economists think is highly unlikely given the increased reliance on automation in America’s factories.
“Remember in the old days? We used to have made in the USA, made in America,” Trump said. “We’re going to start doing that again, we’re going to start putting that brand on our products, because it means it’s the best.”
Critics have noted that while Trump repeatedly rails against American companies that manufacture goods overseas, many official Trump-branded products are also made abroad.
The Washington Post reported that Ivanka Trump, who currently serves the administration as a presidential assistant, makes her fashion apparel almost exclusively overseas in Bangladesh, Indonesia and China. Goods sold at the Trump Hotel blocks away from the White House are also largely produced abroad in countries like China, Vietnam, and Peru.