|President Donald Trump and White House visitors at state dinners could soon be eating with forks, knives and spoons made in Central New York by America's last flatware manufacturer.|
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and White House visitors at state dinners could soon be eating with forks, knives and spoons made in Central New York by America's last flatware manufacturer.
A persistent Rep. Claudia Tenney cornered the president at a private meeting this month at the U.S. Capitol and extracted a promise from Trump to use the Liberty Tabletop flatware made by Sherrill Manufacturing in Oneida County.
"I'll buy it, I'll buy it," Trump promised Tenney in the exchange. Then, gesturing with the index finger made famous when he fired people on reality TV, the president proclaimed, "Done!"
Tenney, R-New Hartford, and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., had tried since January to convince Trump to buy the stainless-steel flatware for the White House, a symbolic gesture that would underscore his efforts to spur a resurgence in American manufacturing.
Trump invited the company's founders to meet with him at the White House in July at a roundtable discussion with American manufacturers. But until now, he had not agreed to use the Sherrill Manufacturing flatware in the White House.
Tenney told syracuse.com that she saw her opening when Trump visited the Capitol on Nov. 16 and met privately with House Republicans before a vote on the GOP tax reform plan.
After the meeting, Tenney said, she stood in line with GOP House members who wanted to chat with the president one-on-one. When it was her turn, Tenney said she handed her phone to fellow freshman Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., to record the meeting with Trump.
Tenney said she began the 2- to 3-minute conversation by asking the president to use his influence to preserve the state and local tax deduction (SALT) that is eliminated in the Senate version of the Republican tax overhaul plan.
Tenney voted for the House bill, which kept a deduction of up to $10,000 per year for local property taxes.
"I said, 'You can't do this to New York,'" Tenney said.
When Trump declined to discuss the deductions, she moved on to ask him about the flatware made by Sherrill Manufacturing, the only remaining American manufacturer of stainless-steel silverware. The company operates in the former Oneida Ltd. plant in the city of Sherrill.
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