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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 04: U.S. President Donald Trump is joined by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump hosted both Democratic and Republican lawmakers at the White House for the second meeting in three days as the government shutdown heads into its third week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) gauges the strength of U.S. manufacturing, and it just revealed some troubling numbers from last month.

Manufacturing is at its lowest since the Great Recession. Export orders have plummeted as a result of President Donald Trump's trade war with China, with ISM's manufacturing index showing a drop to 47.8%. Experts predicted new growth at 50.2% (any number above 50% indicates growth) only to be met with the sixth straight month of decline and the second straight month of outright reduction.

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