Donald Trump Showcased Spacecraft at 'Made in America' Event that Had Critical Part Made in Europe

Spoons made in China were not the only items at President Donald Trump's "Made in America" showcase Monday that weren't, in fact, made in America—the same is at least partially true for NASA's Orion spacecraft that was partially featured on the South Lawn of the White House.

It turns out the crucial component that will provide the spacecraft with electricity, propulsion, thermal control, air and water, called the European Service Module, is currently being made in Europe.

"For the first time," NASA's website said, as first reported by the Associated Press, "NASA will use a European-built system as a critical element to power an American spacecraft."

At the event intended to showcase the best of American manufacturing from all 50 states, Trump failed to acknowledge that the crew capsule, made by Lockheed Martin, sitting on the White House's South Lawn would be sent into space with the help of nearly a dozen other countries.

"On the South Lawn you have the space capsule, and every part is made right here in America," Trump said.

However, the president did reference Europe when it came to trade wars.

"The European Union's been very tough on the United States," he said, while mentioning the possibility of restricting the number of European cars the U.S. imports, the AP reported.

The Federal Trade Commission states on its website that in order to tout the "made in America" claim, "'all or virtually all' of the product has been made in America." It adds that "products should not contain any—or should contain only negligible—foreign content."

The spacecraft will be used to take astronauts to the moon "and beyond" after its first unmanned mission, Exploration Mission-1, expected to be completed in June 2020. Thanks to a partnership between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), 20 European companies from 11 countries are building the service module.

ESA has said that by working with NASA, the spacecraft will be able to take astronauts "farther into space than ever before."

While guests at the showcase also discovered they were served food with silverware that was made in China, White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters told The Hill the "Made in America" event was "an opportunity to showcase products that are made here in America and invite companies from each state to the White House to display [them]."

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