CNN Panelists Clash Over ‘Made in America’ Week: ‘What’s the Point?’

In case you haven’t noticed, the Trump administration has presented us with yet another special theme week. We’ve had Infrastructure Week and Energy Week — well, now we’re at the start of ‘Made in America’ Week. While the president showcased American-made vehicles today at the White House — including a firetruck — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was taking heat from reporters over the fact that Trump businesses have outsourced a number of brands to other countries.

During a Monday night panel discussion on CNN, things got a bit chaotic when the panelists and anchor Don Lemon pressed former Trump advisor and current CNN political commentator Stephen Moore to defend Trump’s apparent hypocrisy for pushing others to buy American-made products.

After business writer Willian Cohan criticized the president for not living up to the ideals he’s promoting to the American public, Moore claimed that Trump shouldn’t be taken to task for wanting his businesses to remain competitive.

“To say buy America it means you want to encourage people to buy American,” Moore stated. “It doesn’t mean we’re just going to shut down our country from other nations and not buy any foreign products.”

He added, “I don’t think anybody on this panel believes we should do that. You know, look, Donald Trump has the right to buy a cheaper product for his company so it can retain competitiveness.”

“What’s the point?” Cohan asked. “What’s the point of made and buy in America? What’s the point of this special week? I don’t get it.”

“It’s to make America more competitive through tax reduction, regulatory reduction, and things like that that will make America more competitive,” Moore answered.

The panel, which also included reporter David Cay Johnston, would go round and round on this subject for a few more minutes, with Moore and Johnston also going at it over whether or not Johnston ever purchased materials from abroad.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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