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Trump Tweets Out His Two Rules: ‘Buy American, Hire American’


President-elect Donald Trump pledged Thursday that his administration will abide by two simple rules: “buy American and hire American.”

Trump made this promise by tweeting out an Instagram meme featuring a picture of the billionaire real estate magnate giving the thumbs up in his patented Make America Great Again hat.

Trump’s detractors claim the mogul is a hypocrite for not practicing his own rules, as many of the products he sells are manufactured overseas. The Trump Winery in fact, sought permission to hire foreign workers in October and Mar-a-Lago will hire foreigners this winter. Numerous companies have, nonetheless, ramped up investment in the U.S. since Trump’s election win.

Trump personally announced Wednesday that Sprint and OneWeb are intent on bringing more jobs back to the United States.

“Hello everybody, we just had some very good news, because of what is happening and the spirit and the hope, I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they are going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States,” he told reporters at Mar-a-Lago. “They have taken them from other countries. They are bringing them back to the United States.”

“OneWeb, a new company is going to be hiring 3,000 people so that is very exciting,” Trump added.

Trump said he reached the deal after negotiating with SoftBank CEO Masayaoshi Son, a billionaire investor in technology who invested $1 billion in OneWeb and currently owns 80 percent of Sprint.

After Trump met with Son on Dec. 6, Soft Bank Telecommunications announced the Sprint cell owner would invest $50 billion in the U.S. and planned to create as many as 50,000 new jobs for Americans.

U.S. technology giant IBM announced on Dec. 13 it would hire 25,000 people in the country over the next four years, a day before Trump met with tech industry leaders.

In late November, Carrier air conditioner manufacturing company announced it had reached an agreement with Trump to pull back on its plan to ship all manufacturing jobs to Mexico and keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana.

The election of Trump’s has sent small business optimism skyrocketing. Small business owners’ plans to hire jumped 14 percentage points from pre-election to post-election, according to the November Index of Small Business Optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business. Sales expectations also jumped from net 4 percent to net 20.

American consumers are more optimistic than they’ve been in more than 15 years.

Consumer confidence index climbed to 113.7 in December, up from 109.4 in November and the highest since it reached 114 in August 2001, Fox News reports.

The soon to be president accredited himself for the positive news in the job market.

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