The executive order, signed before cheering crowds at a rally at Snap-on Tools in Kenosha, Wisconsin, mandates that the government “fully monitor, uphold and enforce” laws requiring federal agencies to favor American-made goods and services.
“We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure more products are stamped with those wonderful words ‘Made in the USA,’” Trump declared.
During a December visit to the recently opened Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., however, ABC News found several items from at least six foreign countries scattered throughout a fourth-floor king deluxe suite, contrary to the spirit of Trump’s latest push toward economic nationalism.
In the marble and gold bathroom, the fixtures were made by Kohler, an American company based in Wisconsin, but there was soap made in Canada, towels made in India and bathrobes made in China. Several additional products in the suite arrived in the United States from Europe — specifically, Italy, France and the United Kingdom.
When reached for comment by phone, Patricia Tang, the director of marketing for the hotel, offered only a brief comment before abruptly hanging up.
“Nothing has changed,” she said. “We have nothing to do with the [Trump] administration.”
“Well, that’s good,” Trump replied. “We employ people in Bangladesh.”
“It’s true,” Trump said. “And you know why? Because they devalue their currency and they make it impossible for companies to compete.”
When reached for comment, her lawyer Jamie Gorelick dismissed any suggestions of impropriety.
“Since she resigned her position, Ivanka has had no involvement with trademark applications submitted by the business,” Gorelick said. “The federal ethics rules do not require you to recuse from any matter concerning a foreign country just because a business that you have an ownership interest in has a trademark application pending there. Ivanka will recuse from particular matters where she has a conflict of interest or where the White House counsel determines her participation would present appearance or impartiality concerns.”
Abigail Klem, the president of Ivanka Trump’s company, told ABC News that those filings were merely a routine part of protecting the company’s overseas business.
“The brand has filed, updated and rigorously protected its international trademarks over the past several years in the normal course of business, especially in regions where trademark infringement is rampant,” said Klem. “We have recently seen a surge in trademark filings by unrelated third parties trying to capitalize on the name, and it is our responsibility to diligently protect our trademark.”
ABC News’ John Santucci, Zunaira Zaki, Cho Park and Randy Kreider contributed to this report.