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US President Donald Trump to sign an Executive order ‘Buy American, Hire American’ policy

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Washington, April 18, 2017: US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday directing federal agencies to implement the “Buy American, Hire American” policy which calls for a review of the H-1B visa program for skilled workers, senior officials said.

Trump will sign the executive order during a trip Tuesday to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he will tour the headquarters of Snap-on-Tools, a high-end tools manufacturer, and deliver a speech about US manufacturing, CNN reported.

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The officials on Monday touted the executive order as a “historic step” that would help protect American manufacturers and American workers whom the administration believes have been hurt by lax enforcement of “Buy American” laws and employers abusing the H1-B visa program.

“Both ‘buy American’ and ‘hire American’ rules have been enormously diluted over time, resulting in many lost job opportunities for American workers,” an administration official told CNN.

“This is what America wants,” said a second official.

On the “hire American” front, the executive order will direct federal agencies to more strictly enforce H1-B visa laws and propose reforms to the programme to prevent fraud and abuse and ensure visas are awarded to the most-skilled applicants.

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The H1-B visa program is intended to bring skilled workers in certain fields to the US, but the administration contended that employers have abused it to hire workers who will accept cheaper pay than Americans.

The trip to Wisconsin will be Trump’s first since becoming President.

Trump clinched victory in the state that has not voted for a Republican for president since 1984. (IANS)

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R.E.M. Slams Donald Trump for Using Their Song

The clip was removed from the President's account but can still be found elsewhere.

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R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills blasted Carpe Donktum and Trump on Saturday. Pixabay

American Alternative rockers, R.E.M. has slammed President Donald Trump for retweeting a video clip from his State of the Union address that feature the band’s superhit song, “Everybody Hurts”.

The video, that feature clips of Democrats looking none too pleased with the speech, was created by pro-Trump memester Carpe Donktum and has become the latest in a long line of disputes between politicians and rock stars, reports CNN.

R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills blasted Carpe Donktum and Trump on Saturday.

“Measures have been taken to stop it. @jack you need to get on this,” he tweeted, calling out Twitter chief Jack Dorsey.

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Lead singer Michael Stipe blasted Trump for playing another R.E.M. tune on the campaign trail. VOA

The clip was removed from the President’s account but can still be found elsewhere.

 

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Later on Saturday, Trump retweeted another video of his State of the Union speech by Carpe Donktum — this time with the backtrack “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood who performed at the President’s inauguration in 2017.

In 2015, lead singer Michael Stipe blasted Trump for playing another R.E.M. tune on the campaign trail, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”. (IANS)