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U.S. senator resorts to Twitter to try to get Trump’s attention

Maybe Grassley should slide into his DMs.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Mar 20, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 8:16 pm CDT

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) isn’t afraid to use Twitter to try to get President Donald Trump’s attention. Indeed, he may have no other choice

Last month, he issued a number of tweets meant for “Whoever monitors twitter at WH for President Trump,” asking for accountability and transparency from the administration, and on Sunday, he addressed the @POTUS Twitter account and asked for help with immigration issues.

As the Hill points out, 60 Minutes ran a report Sunday on the H1B visa program that allows some foreign workers who have “specialty occupations” (people who are highly skilled in the tech, engineering, or medicine fields that help fill America’s skills gap) to live and work in the U.S. The 60 Minutes piece showed some Americans who have had to train foreign workers who eventually took their jobs.

But in legislation introduced earlier this year by Grassley and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the bipartisan duo are trying to reform the visa program, getting rid of the current lottery system that allows 85,000 H1B visas to be disseminated annually and creating a system where foreign students who come to the U.S. for schooling get a priority on obtaining the visas.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced earlier this month that, as of April 3, it will suspend expedited processing for all H1B petitions for up to six months. Trump has said he wants to crack down on visa abuse, but he hasn’t gotten much more specific than that.

Which might be Grassley poked him on Twitter on Sunday.

Then, Grassley began to ask for a phone call.

Perhaps one reason Grassley has resorted to asking Trump to call him on Twitter? For the fifth time in eight weekends, Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort, canceling a meeting about veterans’ health care and reportedly playing a round of golf Saturday afternoon after ripping Germany and incorrectly tweeting that the country owes the U.S. and NATO “vast sums of money.”

H/T Gizmodo

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*First Published: Mar 20, 2017, 9:33 am CDT