Trump: American roads, bridges should be built with American materials, American hands

Expanding his 2017 “Buy American” directive, President Trump has signed an executive order that asks recipients of federal funding for infrastructure projects to use American materials, says an Associated Press report.

“We want American roads, bridges and railways and everything else to be built with American iron, American steel, American concrete and American hands,” said Trump in signing the executive order.

According to the report, the new executive order uses more succinct wording than the previous one, which asked federal agencies to buy American whenever possible. It also applies to federal assistance such as loans, grants and interest subsidies.

The order specifically calls out iron and steel products, saying that “produced in the United States” means that “all manufacturing processes, from the initial melting stage through the application of coatings, occurred in the United States,” according to the executive order.

In addition, the order says that “manufactured products” means construction materials such as aluminum, plastics and polymer-based products such as polyvinyl chloride pipe, “aggregates such as concrete,” glass (including optical fiber) and lumber.