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Trump touted his 'Buy American, Hire American' strategy before signing an executive order


UPDATE 3:31 p.m. EST:

President Trump offered remarks in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in advance of signing his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order. Accompanied by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Trump vehemently spoke out against the "theft of American prosperity."

Trump touted his 'Buy American, Hire American' strategy before signing an executive order

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He called for stricter enforcement of laws to crack down on inexpensive foreign labor. 

"Big things will be happening on trade with other countries in the next few months," he added, after declaring that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will be repealed. 

Trump also promised to bring about tax reform and a revised health care plan.

ORIGINAL STORY: President Trump is set to sign an executive order Tuesday afternoon that will crack down on worker visas and require companies to use more U.S.-made materials.

Billed as part of his "Buy American, Hire American" strategy, the order will be signed at a Wisconsin speech at the Snap-on power tools manufacturing center in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

'Hire American'

The "Hire American" portion of the order will call for federal reports on the H-1B visa program. It allows 85,000 foreign workers into the U.S. each year for high-skilled jobs. Silicon Valley loves the program, but Trump has accused it of allowing low-wage workers to take jobs from American-born people. The H-1B lottery may be overhauled to only the "most-skilled or highest-paid" applicants get in.

It's very bad for our workers and it's unfair for our workers. And we should end it.
Then-candidate Donald Trump

At one point during the campaign, Trump said he opposed the H-1B program entirely. Critics argue staffing companies have flooded the program with foreign applicants who will work for less money than Americans. 

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'Buy American'

Trump will also tighten loopholes that let agencies avoid laws that favor American-made goods and materials, USA Today reports. The order will require agencies to consider if foreign governments are using unfair trade practices and require the use of steel "melted and poured" in the U.S. for transportation projects.

Trump touted his 'Buy American, Hire American' strategy before signing an executive order

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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