It is one of the central reasons President Trump won manufacturing-rich states like Wisconsin: his campaign promise to protect and create American jobs.
“To announce about to take bold new steps to follow through on my pledge to buy American and hire American,” President Trump said.
After touring an icon of Wisconsin manufacturing, Snap-on Tools, the president signed an executive order to review the H1-B visas. President Trump insists many companies – particularly in high-tech – are abusing the system to bring in immigrants who will work for lower wages.
The president wants to make sure H1-Bs are awarded to the highest-skilled immigrants.
“Sending a powerful signal to the world, protect workers and jobs and put America first,” President Trump said.
The president has also directed a review of decades-old government “buy American” policies to insure federal agencies and federal contracts make maximum use of American goods and materials. It also authorizes the renegotiating of trade deals if the agreements put the U.S at a disadvantage.
“This historic action declares policy of government to aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job,” President Trump said.
While many workers applaud the move, the president’s critics are crying hypocrisy, calling out the president’s use of immigrant workers at his properties and manufacturing Trump-branded goods in China.
“Directing that people buy American and hire American. Well, maybe you can start with your own damn businesses…I’m rather confident, my friends, that if you turn it over, you’ll see the inscription “Made in China” on the back of the executive order.”
As millions of Americans filed their taxes Tuesday, President Trump announced that his tax reform plan is coming soon.
“Secretary Mnuchin is working to put together a tax reform plan to make our industry more competitive and also to provide a level playing field for our workers,” President Trump said.
But potential problems lie ahead. Democrats and some Republicans say they won’t sign on to tax reform until they see how it will affect the president’s taxes – again calling on him to release his tax returns.
Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement: “Every president since Gerald Ford, Democrat and Republican, has released his tax returns to the public….Who does President Trump owe? America needs to know. All roads lead back to the president’s tax returns.”
The message from the White House? Don’t hold your breath.
“I think the president’s view on this has been very clear from the campaign, and the American people understood it when they elected him in November.”
Chairman of the House Ways and Means Kevin Brady is not among the Republicans calling for the president to release his tax returns, but Brady said there is a once-in-a-generation chance to reform tax code and that it needs to happen this year.