Professor on leave after 'hang' tweet
SAN FRANCISCO – Fresno State University in California says an American history professor who tweeted last week that President Donald Trump “must hang” will be on voluntary paid leave for the rest of the semester.
Lars Maischak apologized for tweeting: “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.”
Men accused of assault sue Trump
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two men accused of assaulting protesters at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Louisville last year have countersued the president, saying they were following his urging to remove them.
In a claim filed Monday in federal court, Matthew Heimbach says he was relying “on Trump's authority to order disruptive persons removed” at the March 1, 2016, rally, according to WDRB-TV. Alvin Bamberger filed a claim Friday, saying he acted on Trump's “urging and inspiration.”
KENOSHA, Wis. – Turning back to the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, President Donald Trump signed an order Tuesday he said should help American workers whose jobs are threatened by skilled immigrants.
At the headquarters of hand and power tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., Trump signed an order that asks the government to propose new rules and changes that will stop what he called abuses in a visa program used by U.S. technology companies. Dubbed “Buy American and Hire American,” the directive follows a series of recent Trump reversals on economic policies.
“We are going to defend our workers, protect our jobs and finally put America first,” Trump declared, standing in front of an American flag fashioned out of wrenches.
Trump chose to sign the directive at Snap-on Inc., based in Wisconsin, a state he narrowly carried in November on the strength of support from white, working-class voters. Trump currently has only a 41 percent approval rating in the state.
He campaigned last year on promises to overhaul U.S. trade and regulatory policy, but his executive orders on those issues reflect the administration bowing somewhat to the limits of presidential power. Also, he has recently reversed several populist promises, including standing up to China, which he contended was manipulating its currency and stealing jobs, and eliminating the Export-Import Bank, which he billed as wasteful subsidy.
But Trump returned Tuesday to the economic tough talk of his campaign, saying: “We're going to make some very big changes or we are going to get rid of NAFTA once and for all,” referring to the Clinton-era U.S. trade pact with Canada and Mexico.
In his new directive, the president is targeting the H-1B visa program, which the White House says undercuts U.S. workers by bringing in large numbers of cheaper, foreign workers and driving down wages. The tech industry has argued that the H-1B program is needed because it encourages students to stay in the U.S. after getting degrees in high-tech specialties – and because companies can't always find enough American workers with the skills they need.
The new order would direct U.S. agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program. They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid applicants.
The number of requests for H-1B visas declined this year by about 15 percent, or roughly 37,000 applications, but the total was still nearly 200,000, far more than the 85,000 limit.
Tuesday's order also seeks to strengthen requirements that American-made products be used in certain federal construction projects, as well as in various grant-funded transportation projects. The commerce secretary is to review how to close loopholes in existing rules and provide recommendations to the president within 220 days. The order also asks agencies to assess the use of waivers.