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Presidential souvenirs made in China

WASHINGTON (NBC) - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is upset that statues of U.S. Presidents and founding fathers sold in the Smithsonian gift shop are made in China.

Sanders wrote the Smithsonian urging it to find an American manufacturer for historical souvenirs.

"If a museum owned by the people of America, a museum which talks about our own history, cannot have products in the states manufactured by American workers we've got some very, very serious problems," Sanders said.

In a statement issued by the Smithsonian in response to Sanders' letter, the spokesperson said that there simply are not any manufacturers for the items in the United States.

"While the Smithsonian makes every attempt to buy American products whenever possible, some of the items offered are exclusively manufactured overseas," read the statement.

According to the Smithsonian, the museum features options for visitors looking to purchase only American made products.

Meanwhile it remains to be seen whether or not presidential statutes will eventually be among those.

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