On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump publicly released a video as part of his Contract with the American Voter. In it, Trump further outlines plans for his first 100 days in office.
Building on the foundation he laid last week, Trump said his core guiding principle is “putting America first.” He then listed a number of ways he plans to make sure the “next generation of production and innovation” happens on American soil. He included producing steel, building cars and curing diseases as some of the benchmarks by which he would measure success.
The future president asked his transition team, led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, to develop a list of executive actions to take on day one of his term that would “restore our laws and bring back our jobs.”
In the video, Trump promised that one of his first actions would be to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He considers the trade deal a “potential disaster” for American interests. The deal was severely panned by critics on both sides of the aisle. Congress has thus far declined to actually ratify the agreement. Instead of the TPP, Trump plans to seek equitable bilateral trade agreements that bring jobs and industry back to America.
To further boost the economy, Trump plans to cancel restrictions on the production of shale oil and clean coal. He will also be tasking the Department of Labor with the job of investigating all abuses of visa programs. Trump believes these damaging misuses “undercut the American worker” and ultimately harm the economy as a whole.
As part of his pledge to “drain the swamp,” Trump plans to initiate several reforms regarding lobbyists in the capital. These include a five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service; a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of foreign governments; and a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
The president-elect also wants to set a policy that requires the elimination of two federal regulations for every one new regulation introduced.
Trump has immediate plans for the Department of Justice and Joint Chiefs as well. They will get to work on developing “a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyberattack and all other form [sic] of attacks.” Trump considers cybersecurity a top priority, and he spoke about his future plans while campaigning in Herndon, Virginia.
However, despite his assurances that cybersecurity is something he plans to tackle starting on day one, his transition team has not yet appointed anyone dedicated to cybersecurity policy or staffing in his administration. Current national security officials also say there has been minimal contact with the federal agencies overseeing digital warfare and security.
But Kellyanne Conway, a senior Trump advisor, told reporters last Wednesday the transition process was proceeding according to plan. She called any descriptions of a bumpy transition process inaccurate exaggerations.
“You don’t form a federal government overnight,” she said.
In his video, Trump echoed her sentiments when he provided his update on the White House transition process. He noted the team was 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, helping us to make America great again,” Trump said. He also promised to provide more updates on the transition process in the coming days.