President Donald Trump celebrated Made in America Day on Monday, July 15, by hosting his third annual showcase—an exhibition on the White House lawn of manufacturers from all 50 states.

President Trump is making sure that the administration continues to put Americans first. Earlier the same day, he signed an executive order that will require federal agencies to purchase products using more American parts and material.

American-made products used for government projects currently can contain 50 percent foreign components. But the executive order will boost the percentage of American parts and material to 75 percent. Trump said the threshold would increase to 95 percent for iron and steel products.

“The philosophy of my administration is simple: If we can build it, grow it, or make it in the United States, we will,” Trump said at Made in America Product Showcase.

The president added, “When we choose American-made, something truly wonderful happens: Our communities thrive and flourish, our neighborhoods bustle with commerce, our children dream bigger and bolder, and the bonds of loyalty that unite us as citizens become closer.”

President Donald J. Trump signs an Executive Order on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Made in America Product Showcase. (Tia Dufour/Official White House Photo)

White House proclamation explained why buying American matters: “Products made in America are the world standard for quality and showcase the craftsmanship of the most innovative, diverse, highly skilled, and dedicated workforce in the world. When we buy American-made products, we support the American workers who build them and we invigorate the American economy, driving job growth, spurring innovation, and bolstering the middle class.”

“Strong domestic procurement preferences for federally funded infrastructure projects are vital to the health of the domestic steel industry,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute.

President Trump is ushering in a new age of American manufacturing as factories roar back to life and blue-collar workers thrive. Manufacturing job growth soared to a more than two-decade high in 2018, bringing opportunity to communities that had been left behind, according to the White House statement.

“Washington used to say these jobs weren’t coming back. They were wrong!” Press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted on Monday.

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