Trump signs "Buy American, Hire American" executive order in Kenosha

Posted at 9:35 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 23:44:47-04

Key Wisconsin Republicans joined President Trump in Kenosha Tuesday for his first trip back to Wisconsin since taking office.

The President signed the "Buy American, Hire American" executive order, aimed at helping American manufacturers and workers.  

Trump made the announcement and signed the order at Snap-on Tools headquarters after touring the facility. Governor Scott Walker, Senator Ron Johnson, and Congressman Sean Duffy joined President Trump at the event.

The order, in essence, states American-made products and manufacturers should be used in the nation's construction and transportation projects.

It also seeks to reform the H-1B visa program, in President Trump's words, to stop widespread immigrant fraud.

Several American companies use the H-1B program to hire skilled labor from overseas.

President Trump said his administration is also working to ensure future American workers are trained for skilled technical jobs in the classroom.

"No one can compete with American workers when they are given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades," President Trump said. "We're using every tool at our disposal to restore the American dream. In fact, when it comes to wasteful, destructive, job-killing regulations, we are going to use a tool you all know very well. It's called the sledgehammer." 

President Trump's promises were well-received by the crowd, including workers who said they hope the order will boost production.

However, not everyone in Kenosha was on board with President Trump's message.

Hundreds of people showed up outside Snap-on Tools to protest President Trump's policies, calling him the "Outsourcer in Chief."

They were not convinced he will follow through on his executive order.

"It's not going to do anything to protect American jobs, and we know from the way Donald Trump does business that he doesn't care about American workers," said Scot Ross, one of the protestors.

President Trump also promised Governor Walker and the crowd that he would begin to take action on recent restrictions imposed by Canada on dairy imports, which the Governor said, is hurting about 75% of Wisconsin's dairy farmers.

Trump said Tuesday that Canada has been "very unfair" to dairy farmers and "we're going to start working on that."

Canada has decided to impose import taxes on ultra-filtered milk, a protein liquid concentrate used to make cheese. It had been duty-free but Canada changed course after milk producers there complained.

About 70 dairy producers in both Wisconsin and New York are affected.