Chinese firm claims to be making Trump’s 2020 campaign flags despite trade war

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BEIJING: The owner of a Chinese factory has claimed that it has been hired to make flags for President Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign.

 

Li Jiang, who owns a flag-making company in China’s Zhejiang province, revealed this in an interview published on the Washington-based National Public Radio (NPR). He claimed that his firm had made flags for the campaigns of both Trump and his opponent, Hillary Clinton, in 2016.

The NPR interview quoted Jiang as saying that his firm was making new blue and white flags for Trump’s re-election campaign. All of the small blue and white flags are clearly labeled that they were made in China, Li told NPR.

The report comes amid an intense trade war going on between the two biggest economies in the world, An IANS news agency report said that China and the US, are slated to sanction trade tariffs on 34-billion-dollar worth of exports on Friday.

The US tariffs on China will target more than 800 items, including industrial machinery, medical devices and auto parts. Beijing plans to reciprocate and is expected to target 545 American products, a CNN report said.

The US is also set to go ahead with tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese exports later in the year and China has vowed to retaliate against US goods of equal value, CNN reported.

Li remained unfazed by the prospects of the trade war, saying, "We are not so worried because first of all, we have a big price advantage over our competitors. And our clients are very smart. They would always go to the cheapest place. If China is cheap, they go to China. If America is cheap, they go to America.

A report in The Hill said that the committee organized to re-elect Trump had pledged last year that it would only “buy American.”

“Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., the President’s 2020 reelection campaign committee, has proudly produced and manufactured all of our merchandise right here in America from day one,” Executive Director Michael Glassner wrote in a 2017 statement.

Every component of official Trump merchandise has been “100% Made in the USA,” Glassner claimed.

Trump has famously touted his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order, which prioritizes the use of American-made steel and iron, the report said adding that the president has, however, been facing backlash after slapping massive tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from allies including the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

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