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President Trump’s hand-picked appointees for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defied his “Buy American” economic nationalist agenda in a recent case when they voted to financially protect companies who falsely claimed their Chinese-manufactured products were “Made in America.”
The case involved hockey puck seller Patriot Puck, based in New York, and outdoor gear brands Sandpiper of California and PiperGear USA, both based in California, for branding their products as “Made in America” despite being nearly entirely manufactured in China.
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Patriot Puck, for instance, marketed their hockey pucks as “Proudly Made in the USA” and “100% American Made!” In fact, were “wholly imported from China,” according to the FTC.
Likewise, Sandpiper of California and PipeGear USA marketed their products as being “Made in America,” but 95 percent of Sandpiper’s products were imported from China as finished goods and 80 percent of PipeGear USA’s “either were imported as finished goods, or contained significant imported components,” according to the FTC.
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While the FTC, with five total commissioners, ruled to prohibit Patriot Puck, Sandpiper, and PipeGear USA from marketing their products as being made in America unless the companies can prove that their products are fully manufactured in the U.S., Trump’s three appointed trade commissioners voted not to hit the companies with fines and penalties, force them to notify consumers of the false advertising, or mandate executives to admit wrongdoing.
Trump’s appointees — FTC Chairman Joseph Simons, Noah Phillips, and Christine Wilson — supported shielding the companies from financial penalties for their false “Made in America” marketing, while the two Democrat appointees, Rohit Chopra and Rebecca Slaughter, opposed the decision.
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