A Republican strategist for a presidential candidate said Friday that Trump’s policy of rolling back technology regulations to help American companies is akin to a “bad drug” for American companies.
“I think this is like a bad drug to American companies, and you have a president who is not really concerned about what the public is doing with their technology,” said Brian Phillips, a longtime Republican strategist and former adviser to Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.).
“The president is so concerned with keeping the tech companies afloat, he’s willing to do anything to keep them afloat.
And the tech industry’s like, ‘What’s the big deal?'”
Phillips told POLITICO.
“I think the president is a very bad drug for American entrepreneurs.
You’re making them go to foreign countries to make a profit.
You want to keep a little more money in the pocket of the American taxpayer.”
Phillips added that he’s concerned that Trump may “be playing politics” with the technology industry and will “throw them under the bus.”
Phillipp also said Trump is “playing politics” by saying he will “bring back” the H-1B visa program for highly skilled foreign workers.
“The Trump administration is trying to pretend it’s an opportunity for American tech companies, but it’s really a Trojan horse,” Phillips said.
“They are trying to get tech companies to hire more people in the United States and then bring them here to do their jobs.
So that’s the problem.”
Trump has vowed to roll back some of the regulations on tech, including a proposal to ease restrictions on the import of certain kinds of computer software.
He also has proposed allowing more H-2B visas for high-tech workers.