Donald J. Trump brand ties are seen inside the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2016. Photo: Josh Edelson/Getty

Speaking on NPR's podcast The Indicator, Li Jiang, who owns a flag-making company in China's Zhejiang province, said he's been contracted to manufacture flags for President Trump's 2020 election bid. Jiang also made flags for the Trump and Clinton campaigns in 2016.

Why it matters: This runs counter to Trump's "Buy American and Hire American" motto, and is even more glaringly out of step with the Trump campaign's direct commitment to "proudly continue to sell American products and introduce new ones ... [a]ll the way through 2020 and beyond."

The big picture: This isn't the first time Trump has been caught criticizing American companies with overseas manufacturing, and then turning to foreign manufacturers for his own brand's products.

  • In an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2012, Trump criticized imported goods until Letterman showed Trump brand shirts and ties made in Bangladesh and China.
  • An AP investigation also found that the bulk of Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories brand is made in China.

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The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.

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