Does Donald Trump Buy American?

Does Donald Trump buy American?

That’s what Patricia Ferri from Providence, RI wanted to find out: “I would like to know where the furnishings in his hotels and resorts and the clothing and other items he sells to support his empire are made. Are they made in America or are they outsourced and if outsourced to what countries,” she asked.

Here’s Trump’s response:

“Isn’t it sad? Isn’t it sad,” Trump responded immediately.

“When I go out to bid on furniture, on clothing, on lots-- because I do uniforms and I have lots of people. I buy thousands of television sets as an example,” he said.

“It’s a good question. I say I can’t get bids from American companies because China manipulates their currency and they can’t compete with Chinese companies…I said, ‘Does anybody make television in the United States?’ You know what the answer was. We can’t find anybody. They’re all from China, from Japan, from South Korea,” Trump told me.

“I order thousands of ‘em for hotels in Las Vegas and all over the place. Thousands. You can’t get ‘em. It’s pretty sad,” he said.

Another viewer, Michael Swaile from Toledo, OH asked how Trump, whose businesses have entered bankruptcy, can defend his fiscal policy?

Trump said he personally never went bankrupt - he used the bankruptcy laws to help his business.

“We’ll have the company. We’ll throw it into a chapter. We’ll negotiate with the banks. We’ll make a fantastic deal. We’ll use those. But they were never personal,” he told me.

“I’ve used the laws of this country to pare debt. In one case, with the casinos, which I don’t-- which I haven’t even run for many years…And what I did is reduce the debt from a billion eight to like $300 and some odd million, by using intelligently the laws of this country,” Trump said.

The “greatest businesspeople” have used these laws to get a better deal, he told me.

-- George Stephanopoulos

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