President-elect Donald Trump says his agenda for his first 100 days in office will be based on one simple principle — “putting America first.”
Trump posted a YouTube video Monday saying he has asked his transition team to put together a list of executive actions he can take on his first day in office. He said those actions will “restore our laws and bring back our jobs.”
“Whether it’s producing steel, building cars or curing disease, I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here … creating wealth and jobs for American workers,” he said.
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Trump said one action he will take on Day One will be to issue a notification of intent to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and renegotiate what he said are fair bilateral deals. Other plans include a rule saying two federal regulations must be eliminated for every new one created; and asking the Pentagon to create a comprehensive plan to protect U.S. infrastructure from cyberattacks.
He did not mention his previously stated plan to build a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico. However, he did say he will “direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.”
And he promised to cancel “job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy — including shale energy and clean coal.”
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Parade of candidates
Meanwhile Monday, a parade of political faces — some familiar, others a lot more obscure — made their way through the lobby and into the elevators of Trump Tower in New York to be considered for jobs in the incoming administration.
Trump said his transition team is working very smoothly, efficiently and effectively. He described them as “truly great and talented men and women, patriots indeed are being brought in and many will soon be a part of our government.”
Among those Trump met with Monday were former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who briefly ran for the Republican nomination last year. He is reportedly being considered for one of several jobs, including defense or agriculture secretary.
Perry once accused Trump of running for president merely to stroke his own celebrity status.
Liberal Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii also met with Trump. She endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, but agrees with Trump’s opposition to increased U.S. military involvement in Syria.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a possible interior secretary, and former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who reports say could become the nation’s next veterans affairs secretary, also chatted with the president-elect.
No details of any of the talks were disclosed Monday. Trump officials say no new announcements are imminent.
Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said not all those who have met with Trump will get jobs. But she said, “They are all incredibly important in offering their points of view, their experience and certainly their vision for the country.”
They include former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is reportedly looking to be the next secretary of state. Giuliani is known for helping New York emerge from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but has little foreign affairs experience.
Another former Trump rival-turned-supporter is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He led Trump’s transition team until he was replaced by Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
It is unclear what role Christie would have in the Trump administration. Critics say he brings too much baggage after two of his aides were convicted for their role in a politically motivated scheme to shut down all but one lane of a bridge between New Jersey and New York City.
The 2013 closure caused a massive and potentially life-threatening traffic jam. Federal prosecutors allege Christie knew about the scheme.
Trump plans to leave New York on Tuesday or Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving at his Florida resort.