Trump to showcase U.S.-made products at White House exhibit

Vastavam web: U.S. President Donald Trump will showcase American-made products ranging from beef jerky and cowboy boots to the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet on Monday, as his administration wages trade battles on a series of fronts. A White House spokeswoman said on Sunday that Trump would make remarks at the exhibit designed to demonstrate the administration’s “commitment to ensuring more products are made in America.” Vice President Mike Pence, six Cabinet secretaries and some dozen other senior officials will also attend.

Trump told on Friday he was ready to impose tariffs on all $500 billion of imported goods from China, threatening to escalate a clash over trade policy that has unnerved financial markets. Washington has already imposed 25 percent duties on $34 billion of Chinese imports and threatened 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. China has retaliated on $34 billion of U.S. goods.

On Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with Trump. EU officials have dampened expectations about what Juncker can achieve. The finance ministers for Mexico and Canada said on Sunday they were optimistic about NAFTA talks with the United States, even as trade tensions spurred by U.S. tariffs dominated the G20 meeting of world economic leaders in Argentina.

The White House will also show off cookie cutters from Vermont, pepperoni rolls from West Virginia, jeans from Oklahoma, gun safes from Utah, snowboards from Colorado and livestock feed from Iowa. Lockheed Martin, which will display a model of the F-35 on the White House lawn, will also showcase the Orion Spacecraft, “the cornerstone of NASA’s future missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond,” the company said.