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Official Trump MAGA hats are made in the US

July 23, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Trump’s “Make America Great Again” caps are made in China, not the U.S.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.  The hats are made by a manufacturer in California.

THE FACTS:  A post circulating on Facebook with a picture of a red MAGA hat that bears a “Made in China” label falsely claims President Donald Trump’s official caps are not made in the U.S. Such claims have circulated for years on social media and have re-surfaced in recent months as the president engages in a tariff war with China. 

Brian Kennedy, president of Cali Fame of Los Angeles, a California-based company that makes the official hats, confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that the hats are produced entirely in Carson, Calif. 

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Some third-party retailers carry knock-off MAGA caps that are made in China and are labeled as such. Trump’s official campaign store website states that “All of our products are 100% proudly made in the USA.” 

However, another official Trump website, “Trump Store,” sells apparel and other merchandise with labels such as “decorated in the U.S.” The store also carries wine glasses by Riedel, a manufacturer based in Austria. 

The Federal Trade Commission requires that items labeled “Made in USA,” be “all or virtually all” produced in the U.S. 

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536