Trump Administration Looks to Eradicate Online Sales of Fake Products

WHITE HOUSE — A memorandum was signed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday to combat the sale of bogus products through online platforms such as Alibaba, Amazon and eBay.

“This president has decided it’s time to clean up this wild west of counterfeiting and trafficking,” said Peter Navarro, assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.

Although Trump’s move takes no immediate action against makers and sellers of fake products — ranging from pharmaceutical drugs to brand-name athletic shoes — it does direct the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate with the Attorney General, the U.S. Trade Representative and the Commerce Department, as well as other federal agencies, to jointly investigate the problem and submit a report with recommendations within 210 days.

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