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Trump is fixating on jobs he can't bring back

Trump signs 'Buy American, Hire American' order

President Trump spends a lot of time promising to bring back steel jobs and coal jobs.

He plans to sign an executive order Thursday directing the administration to investigate whether foreign steel imports are harmful to American national security, a senior administration official told CNN.

Earlier this week in Wisconsin, he announced "buy American" rules that will make it harder to use imported steel in roads and other federally funded infrastructure projects.

And last month Trump vowed to end "the war on coal" by canceling "job-killing regulations" and putting miners back to work.

It's true that there are a lot fewer jobs in steel and coal than there used to be in the United States. But those industries are being battered by a lot more than foreign imports and cumbersome government rules.

In fact, they are being eroded by long-term changes in the economy, and in the industries themselves, that won't be reversed by any piece of paper Trump can sign.

About 300,000 steel mill jobs have disappeared in the...


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