President Trump signed a Proclamation declaring the first "Made in America Day" on July 17, 2017, and the first "Made in America Week" from July 16 to 22, 2017, with the intent of recognizing the contributions of American workers and job creators. The Proclamation states the following:
"America owes much of its success to the determination and ingenuity of its entrepreneurs, workers, and farmers, who drive our economy and support our military strength. American work ethic and quality craftsmanship are the heart and soul of our Nation. We are a Nation of innovators, builders, and farmers. We construct architectural wonders like the Golden Gate Bridge and the New York skyline. We feed the Nation and the world with agricultural products like American wheat, corn, and beef. We drive technological innovation, like the internet and the Global Positioning System, from visions to realities. My Administration recognizes the critical connection between a strong manufacturing base and a thriving economy. I am committed to promoting American manufacturing, opening markets around the world for our producers, and protecting our businesses from unfair trade practices. And I am reducing job killing regulations and cutting taxes, making it more attractive than ever to do business in the United States."
On Monday, July 17th, the White House showcased a wide array of products that are touted as being "Made in the USA." Other events are planned for this entire week with the intent of energizing the industry and promoting American manufacturing. While the President’s Proclamation is another reminder that "Made in USA" will continue to be a major focus of the manufacturing and retail sectors (for example, Wal-Mart’s commitment to invest a staggering $250 billion in purchases from American manufacturers through 2023), close scrutiny of "Made in USA" labeling and advertising is likely to continue in the form of FTC investigations and closing letters, as well as class action lawsuits, against companies that fall short of complying with the FTC’s "Made in USA" standards.