President Donald Trump has announced his latest effort to keep his campaign promise of protecting the American worker.
According to Fox News, he said he would be terminating the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority after that body reportedly hired foreign workers over U.S. citizens.
“Take action on this immediately”
While the president has previously touted the benefits of issuing visas to foreign workers, the current economic crisis means the administration does not believe this is the time to expand such programs.
For that reason, he recently introduced measures to freeze work visa applications.
In a connected development, Trump also expressed outrage over the “ridiculous” salary being paid to the CEO of the TVA as well as the reports that the authority prioritized those working on temporary visas.
He confirmed that Skip Thompson would be fired and offered some insight into the parameters under which his replacement would be required to work.
“The new CEO must be paid no more than $500,000 a year,” Trump said. “We want the TVA to take action on this immediately.”
“You will hear two words: ‘You’re fired'”
As for others in a similar position of leadership, he said they should pay attention to the example he set with Thompson’s ouster.
“Let this serve as a warning to any federally appointed board,” he said. “If you betray American workers, you will hear two words: ‘You’re fired.'”
In addition to Thompson, the president confirmed that he would be removing at least one other board member. He warned that additional members of the TVA board could also be axed if the authority continues to hire foreign laborers.
In a statement last month, Trump touted his administration’s “America First” for providing an environment in which “Hispanic Americans are not only living the American Dream, but their incredible efforts are unlocking the American Dream for citizens all across our land.”
Americans elected the president largely on his promise to put the needs of the U.S. workforce first. Although the ongoing public health crisis has presented a significant economic hurdle, his announcement this week proves the administration remains dedicated to this core promise.