President Donald Trump will seek to highlight his economic agenda with a series of theme weeks focused on domestic policy, part of an effort to shift focus by a White House besieged by the investigations into Russian election meddling and struggling to pass a health-care bill.
The effort will kick off Monday with “Made in America” week, with the president championing companies that build products in the U.S. On Monday, the administration has invited firms from all 50 states to show their domestically produced products at the White House. On Wednesday, Trump plans to call on U.S. companies to make more of their products at home. He also is expected to travel to Virginia during the weekend for the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.
“For too long our government has forgotten the American worker,” White House spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferré told reporters in a call on Sunday. Those workers, she said, will now be “championed” by Trump.
Asked whether the president will push the Trump Organization—which produces many of the branded products from White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump overseas—to move operations back to the U.S., Aguirre Ferré said, “We’ll get back to you on that.”
The theme weeks will continue throughout the month, with events planned to highlight “American Heroes” and the “American Dream,” Aguirre Ferré said.
While Trump is holding the theme-week events, investors will be watching to see whether he proceeds with efforts to impose tariffs or quotas on steel imports. The administration has ordered a review under a Cold War-era trade law that allows the president to impose restrictions on imports that are found to threaten national security.
“Steel is a big problem,” Trump told reporters last week. “They’re dumping steel and destroying our steel industry, they’ve been doing it for decades, and I’m stopping it.”
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who is leading the investigation, had planned to submit his findings in June, but the administration missed its self-imposed deadline. A White House official, who requested anonymity to discuss the “Made in America” week events before they occurred, said Sunday there is no specific timeline for Ross to present the findings of his investigation.
The push to refocus on the president’s economic agenda comes as the White House has struggled to move beyond questions about interactions between Russia and the Trump campaign, including the revelation that the president’s son took a meeting in June 2016 after being told an agent of the Russian government would provide damaging material about Hillary Clinton.
Trump has the lowest six-month approval rating of any president during the past 70 years, according to a ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday. Just 36 percent of those surveyed approved of his job performance, compared with 58 percent who disapproved.
Trump dismissed the poll as inaccurate while suggesting the result was “not bad” in a Twitter posting on Sunday morning to his 33.9 million followers.
“The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!” the president wrote.