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Trump says US will buy, hire American

Published:Friday | December 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM
US President-elect Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has tweeted that his administration will buy American and hire American.

Trump has made the promise before. His tweet on Thursday morning follows news that fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, continuing a nearly two-year trend that suggests his administration is inheriting a solid job market.

And it follows his comments on Wednesday praising plans by a Japanese mogul to bring jobs to the US.

Trump tweeted: "My administration will follow two simple rules: BUY AMERICAN and HIRE AMERICAN! #USA."

He hailed the promised addition of 8,000 jobs to the US and commented on Israel and his relationship with President Barack Obama in a series of exchanges with journalists on the front steps of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

The jobs Trump touted Wednesday could be the first of 50,000 that tech billionaire Masayoshi Son promised to create after meeting with the president-elect earlier in December.

Later, Trump dismissed tension between himself and Obama, saying they had "a very, very good talk" on Monday.

He also took issue with the Obama administration's decision to let a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israel pass, telling reporters that Israel is being treated "very, very unfairly" and maintaining that countries that are "horrible places" never get reprimanded.

- AP