MILWAUKEE — President Donald Trump visited Snap-on Tools in Kenosha on Tuesday afternoon, April 18th — promoting “buy American, hire American” policies, and telling the crowd that no administration has done more in its first 90 days than his.
In a 21-minute speech, President Trump veered from his “buy American” executive order to pledge support for Wisconsin dairy farmers in resolving a dispute with Canada.
“What’s happened to you is very, very unfair. It’s another typical one-sided deal against the United States, and it’s not going to be happening for long,” President Trump said.
President Trump promised to get on the phone with Canada and find a solution, and Senator Ron Johnson said he would make the case to the Canadian ambassador.
“The ambassador, I think, will have an open mind to this, and we’ll certainly press the case,” Johnson said.
While in Kenosha, President Trump signed an executive order that he said will protect American workers. He said it’s a sign he’s fulfilling a campaign promise to put America first. The order directs federal agencies to review procurement rules and visa programs that the administration believes are undercutting U.S. workers and companies.
“We’re going to defend our workers, protect our jobs, and finally put America first,” President Trump said.
It’s not clear how the order would impact Snap-on Tools. The company’s CEO said this was the first time a president came to Snap-on in the company’s 97-year history.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin said President Trump’s executive order was a step forward, but said Congress needs to act sooner than the timeline President Trump laid out. Senator Johnson said he disagreed, saying the administration needs to enforce the laws on the books now.
During his visit, President Trump reminisced about his win in Wisconsin in November, calling it a great day.
“You have been so incredible to me and my administration and we will never, ever let you down,” President Trump said.
The president arrived at Mitchell International Airport shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday. A crowd had gathered at the airport early to welcome the president.
Snap-on maintains its headquarters in Kenosha, where it was founded in 1920. It closed its Kenosha manufacturing plant in 2003, though it still makes hand tools at a facility on Milwaukee's northwest side.
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