Trump fires TVA chairman, cites hiring of foreign workers

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with U.S. tech workers, before signing an Executive Order on hiring American workers, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federally owned corporation for hiring foreign workers to replace IT workers in Chattanooga and other TVA cities.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing TVA chairman James "Skip" Thompson and former TVA Chairman Richard Howorth from the nine-member board, and he threatened to remove other TVA board members if they continued to hire foreign labor.

Thompson, a Decatur, Alabama businessman appointed to the post by Trump in 2017, was elected TVA board chairman last year and disagreed with President Trump in April over his criticism of TVA and its CEO, Jeff Lyash.

Trump, who previously denounced the $8.1 million compensation package given to Lyash as "ridiculous," also called upon the TVA board to replace Lyash and immediately hire a new chief executive officer who "puts the interests of Americans first."