US President Trump vows to protect ‘Made in America’ products

Published: 13:38 GMT, Jul 18, 2017 |

President Donald Trump promised on Monday (July 17) he would take more legal and regulatory steps during the next six months to protect U.S. manufacturers, lashing out against trade deals and trade practices he said have hurt U.S. companies.

Trump climbed into an American-made fire truck parked behind the White House, took a swing with a baseball bat in the Blue Room, and briefly donned a customized Stetson cowboy hat in front of cheering manufacturing company executives from all 50 states gathered to hear him praise their products.

He was speaking to a trade show – albeit one with a protectionist bent – organized by the White House to spotlight his efforts to revive the flagging manufacturing sector.

Trump did not give details about what his administration would do to protect manufacturers, other than lower corporate taxes and repeal Obamacare, but he railed against tariffs charged by other countries and unfair trade practices. He told the manufacturers that he was working for a “level playing field” for their wares.