Youtube/Transition 2017(NEW YORK) — President-elect Donald Trump has released a video message on social media detailing his plans for the first 100 days of his presidency, including withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Day One, but staying mum on his signature immigration issue, building a wall on the southern border.
Trump, breaking precedent, has not yet held a press conference and has not answered ongoing questions surrounding potential conflicts of interest regarding his business and the presidency. He and his family sat for an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” the Sunday after the election, but has since forgone any other opportunities to be questioned other than those shouted as visitors came and went from Trump National Golf Club last weekend.
“Our transition team is working very smoothly, efficiently and effectively. Truly great and talented men and women, patriots indeed, are being brought in and many will soon be a part of our government,” he says.
Trump goes on to discuss policies he championed during his candidacy; his intent to withdraw from the TPP, cancelling restrictions on coal and gas, ethics reform, as well as lobbying bans.
“On ethics reform, as part of our plan to drain the swamp, we will impose a five year ban of executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the administration. And a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government,” Trump said, reiterating a policy his transition team announced earlier this month.
He also addresses immigration, one of his hallmark policies during his candidacy. He proposes, not to build the wall he became infamous for suggesting he would construct, but instead an executive action to investigate visa abuse.
“On immigration, I will direct the department of labor to investigate all abuses of visas programs that undercut the American worker,” he adds.
The message follows a week of nearly back-to-back meetings as Trump’s transition team tries to fill the over 4,000 jobs within the White House and government agencies. He has put his selection process on display; this weekend, at his estate in Bedminster, NJ, applicants entered into the clubhouse in full view of cameras. Before and after interviews Trump himself would come out and greet them, occasionally offering words of praise.
“Tremendous talent — we’re seeing tremendous talent,” Trump said Saturday. “People that, as I say, we will ‘make America great again.’ These are really great people. These are really, really talented people.”
And Monday Trump took meetings with several individuals including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Sen. Scott Brown, and Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
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