Making America Great Again: US Steel CEO Plans to Accelerate Investments, Rehire Laid Off Employees

This is Trump's America before he even takes the Oath of Office.

President-Elect Donald Trump has already accomplished great feats before even being sworn into office. From working with Vice President-Elect Mike Pence to negotiate a deal with the air conditioner manufacturer Carrier, to his current Cabinet picks, to exerting America's authority with the simple yet brilliant act of placing a phone call to Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen -- a signal has been sent to the nation, and to the world, that a very different kind of president is about to take the helm. 

With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that United States Steel CEO Mario Longhi announced Wednesday that he plans to accelerate the company's investments and re-hire laid-off employees to the tune of 10,000 jobs. 

"We already structured to do some things, but when you see in the near future improvement to the tax laws, improvements to regulation, those two things by themselves may be a significant driver to what we're going to do," he told CNBC during an interview on the program, Power Lunch.

In addition, the belief that the U.S. economy can grow at least 3.5 percent also adds to what the company can do, Longhi noted. 

"I'd be more than happy to bring back the employees we've been forced to lay off during that depressive period," he said, which could be close to 10,000 jobs.

Shares of the Pittsburgh-based company have soared about 80 percent since Trump's stunning victory on Nov. 8. Investors appear to be betting on increased infrastructure spending, which the president-elect has promised, as well as further restrictions on China-produced steel. 

With regard to regulations, Longhi said there are simply times when the demand on company's is "irrational."

"When you get into some situations where we're being asked to control some substances in water that are far lower than what nature naturally offers, that's irrational."

"There was a point in time in the past couple years that I was having to hire more lawyers to try to interpret these new regulations than I was hiring … engineers. That doesn't make any sense." 

Longhi inferred that Trump's vow of less regulation, while it has to be "done smartly," has left corporate America positive.

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