President Donald Trump hosted a “Made In America” showcase at the White House on Monday, where products made across the United States were on display, including a fire truck from Wisconsin, door hinges from Missouri, and golf clubs from Arizona.
During his speech at the showcase, the president spoke on the importance of American manufacturing and his beliefs on the detriments of free trade:
“We have countries that charge us 100% tax on a product, and when that product is sold by them to us, we brilliantly charge them nothing. And people say, 'Oh, that's free trade.' No, that's stupid trade. That's really stupid trade.”
The White House has declared this “Made in America” week. However, in his off-camera press briefing prior to the event, Press Secretary Sean Spicer took numerous questions regarding the fact that a number of Trump-named products are made in foreign countries.
At the event, the president also addressed the current health care fight that is going on in the Senate.
While he originally wanted to vote on the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, it was recently announced that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would be delaying the vote due to a surgery Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recently underwent.
McCain will be recovering from the surgery that removed a blood clot from above his eye for the rest of the week.
Trump wished McCain well before joking, “He's a crusty voice in Washington. Plus, we need his vote."