Trouble for Indians..President Trump says 'Buy American, Hire American'

Washington: Earlier, Trumps nominee for the post of Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions has assured US lawmakers that the Trump administration will take steps, including pushing legislative measures, to curb "abuse" of H-1B and L1 visas by foreign workers, moves that could significantly hurt Indian IT firms and professionals.

Vowing to fight for American interests, Trump said: "I will fight for you with every breath in my body ? and I will never, ever let you down. America will start winning again, winning like never before."

"We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams," he said.

Earlier, Mike Pence was sworn-in as US Vice President. Soon after, Trump placed his left hand on two bibles including the historic Lincoln Bible, recited the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol to become the most powerful man on earth.

In his address, Trump promised his countrymen to rebuild the country to "bring back our dreams" wherein "America First" would be the key to his governance."Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. We will face challenges, we will confront hardships, but we will get the job done," Trump said.

In an apparent reference to his election campaign, Trump said for too long, a small group in US capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth, he rued.

"Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nations capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land," Trump said.

"We are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to the American people," Trump said, as he vowed to address the ills he sees plaguing the nation, including gun violence, drugs and crime. "This American carnage stops right here and right now," he asserted in presence of outgoing President Obama.

"That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you," Trump said, adding that the time for empty talk is over.

"The time for action" has arrived; he said as he vowed a new "national pride" that will "heal divisions."

In an effort to unite the country, Trump said what truly matters is not which party controls the government, but whether the government is controlled by the people.

"January 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again," he said. "We are one nation ? and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans," Trump said.

He said his administration will follow two simple rules - Buy American and hire American - amidst applause from the thousands of people gathered to listen to his speech. "Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together we will make America great again," Trump said as he concluded his speech with his election slogan.    

PTI