White House press secretary Sean Spicer told the media it would be "inappropriate" for him to comment on whether goods sold by the Trump Organization are produced in the U.S.
Spicer was asked the question at an off-camera press briefing July 17, the first day of the Trump administration's Made in America Week, Axios reported.
Spicer pointed out that in some cases, "the supply chains and scalability" were not present in the U.S. to manufacture certain products.
Spicer was asked whether the Trump Organization and Ivanka Trump brand would "commit to stop manufacturing wares abroad," ABC News reported.
"I think what's really important is the president's agenda -- regulatory relief and tax relief -- are focused on trying to make sure that all companies can hire here, can expand here, can manufacture here," Spicer told the reporters.
Since he started his campaign, President Donald Trump argued in favor of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. He spoke at an event July 17 to launch Made in America Week, saying the U.S. would "once again rediscover our heritage as a manufacturing nation."
"We're here to celebrate American manufacturing and showcase all the products of the 50 states made in the U.S.A," the president added. "Remember in the old days, they used to have 'Made in the U.S.A.?' 'Made in America' but 'Made in the U.S.A.' -- we're going to start doing that again. We're going to put that brand on our product because it means it's the best."
The president also indicated he could take steps to give an advantage to U.S. companies.
"You're gonna see one of the great differences, and you're already seeing it, but it's gonna get more so and more so," Trump added, according to Politico. "And we're gonna end up having a level playing field. I don't wanna say any more than level, but if the playing field were slanted like a little bit toward us, I'd accept that also."
Trump was challenged during the election campaign when it emerged that some products sold by his companies, including ties and the "Make America Great Again" hats were not made in the U.S.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton criticized him over this, but Trump responded by blaming the economic policies of the Obama administration for forcing him to have items produced abroad.
"Unfortunately, my ties are made in China, and I will say this, the hats -- Make America great again -- I searched long and hard to find somebody that made the hats in this country," Trump said in June 2016, ABC News reported.