Thursday, April 19, 2018
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PolitiFact: Many Trump products made in China, but not nearly all of them

The statement

"Go look at a Trump product. They're all made in China."

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, June 18, in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch

The ruling

We asked Perez's office for the source of his information. Mattie Munoz, his press secretary at the Department of Labor, said that since his comments were made on private time during a political event, she couldn't comment.

So we set out on our own window-shopping spree, eying items listed on the Trump Organization's website and searching for where they are manufactured.

We found that many Trump items are made in China, including cuff links, sport coats, shirts, eyeglasses, lamps and mirrors.

It's impossible to get an exact read on what percentage of items are from China, because many items don't disclose their exact origin. Some listed on Amazon.com and other shopping websites merely say that they're "imported."

We emailed the Trump campaign twice to see what percentage of his products are made in China but didn't get a response.

The billionaire candidate acknowledged during a June 21 interview on ABC that his company manufactures neckties in China, suits in Mexico, furniture in Turkey and barware in Slovenia.

We found that some Trump ties were made in Indonesia and Vietnam in addition to China. Many Trump shirts were made in Bangladesh, and some sport coats were made in India.

If you're wondering, some Trump products also are made in the United States, including the candidate's iconic "Make America Great Again" baseball cap, which is manufactured in California. PunditFact gave a Pants on Fire rating in October to a claim made by Twitter users that the hats were made in China.

Here are some other Trump products that we found are manufactured in the U.S.:

• Bedding comforters, advertised as being "master suite worthy."

• Cologne, called "Success by Trump."

• Trump Natural Spring Water, served at Trump facilities. It's bottled in Willington, Conn., by the Village Springs water company.

• Trump Wine, made on a 1,300-acre estate near Charlottesville, Va. A disclaimer on the winery website says the GOP presidential candidate doesn't personally own the winery, which is run by his son, Eric.

We also found a few Trump suits online that were made in the U.S.

Trump has said he'd like to make more products domestically, but the United States can't compete with foreign countries that "manipulate their currencies" to reduce manufacturing costs.

So there's an element of truth to Perez's statement in that Trump clearly relies on China to produce many products — ties, shirts, cuff links, sport coats, jackets, lamps, eyeglasses and mirrors. That buttresses the labor secretary's broader point that Trump relies on foreign labor to produce much of his product line.

But Perez goes too far in saying all of Trump's products are made in China. They come from a lot of other places, as well.

We rate his hyperbolic claim statement Mostly False.

Edited for print. Read the full version at PolitiFact.com.

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