On April 29, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order — Establishment of Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy which establishes an Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy (OTMP) within the White House Office. The OTMP’s mission is “to defend and serve American workers and domestic manufacturers while advising the President on policies to increase economic growth, decrease the trade deficit, and strengthen the United States manufacturing and defense industrial bases.”
The OTMP’s responsibilities will be to:
- advise the President on innovative strategies and promote trade policies consistent with the President’s stated goals;
- serve as a liaison between the White House and the Department of Commerce and undertake trade-related special projects as requested by the President; and
- help improve the performance of the executive branch’s domestic procurement and hiring policies, including through the implementation of the policies described in Executive Order 13788 of April 18, 2017 (Buy American and Hire American).