Trump lays out agenda for first days in the White House


President-elect Donald Trump has instructed his transition team to develop a list of executive actions he can issue on his first day in office aimed at rolling back regulations, cracking down on illegal immigration and withdrawing the nation from global trade deals.

{mosads}In a 2 minute, 38 second video posted to YouTube Monday evening, Trump spoke directly into the camera as he laid out his early governing priorities.

“Our transition team is working smoothly, efficiently and effectively,” Trump said. “Truly great and talented men and women, patriots indeed, are being brought in, and many will soon be a part of our government, helping us to make America great again.”

There was little new in Trump’s video, which primarily served as a declaration that he intends to focus heavily on the issues he campaigned on.

Trump’s first order of business will be to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The president-elect also vowed to loosen restrictions on shale energy and “clean coal,” saying those actions would create “millions of high-paying jobs.”

And he said he would “formulate a rule that says that for every new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.”

On national security, Trump said he would work with the Department of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyberattacks and all other form of attacks.”

On immigration, Trump said he’d direct the Labor Department to investigate abuses of the U.S. visa program.

And he reiterated his crackdown on former administration officials becoming lobbyists, saying he would institute a five-year ban on domestic lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.

“These are just a few of the steps we’ll to reform Washington and rebuild our middle class,” Trump said, promising more updates in the coming days.

Trump spent Monday holding meetings at Trump Tower in New York City as he faces decisions on who will make up his Cabinet and his top-level advisers.

Trump’s decision to release a video, rather than hold a press conference, to discuss his early governing priorities angered some members of the media.

Trump has not held a full press conference since July. Earlier Monday, top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway told reporters that the president-elect will hold a press conference in “due course.”

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