FUYANG, China (NBC News) – The red, white and blue banners for President Trump’s campaign for a second term are ready to ship, emblazoned with the words ‘Keep America Great.’
But, they’re made in eastern China and could soon be hit by tariffs of Pres. Trump’s own making as he deepens a trade dispute with Beijing.
At the Jiahao Flag Factory in Anhui Province, women at sewing machines hem the edges of “Trump 2020” flags the size of beach towels, while others fold and bundle them for delivery.
According to manager Yao Yuanyuan, the factory has produced about 90,000 since March.
It’s an unusually large number for what is normally a slow time of year. Yao believes the China-US trade war is the reason.
The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on $34 billion dollars’ worth of goods from China. After Beijing retaliated in kind, Washington announced levies on an additional $200 billion dollars’ worth of products and threatened more. The threat encompasses the entirety of China’s exports to America, including flags.
At about a dollar apiece, even suppliers to the Trump campaign, who Yao says are both in China and abroad, can’t resist the low price.
Yao’s factory has been making Donald Trump banners since is tagline was “Make America Great Again” and says business has been great since 2015.
Trump’s steps to try to create what he believes will be better trading conditions with China threaten that price advantage, and his hardline stance toward China could eventually repel suppliers like Yao.
The factory isn’t only in the business of making Donald Trump banners. It churns out American and other national flags, rainbow gay pride flags and various specialty flags.