Donald Trump lays out agenda for first 100 days: US to leave TPP, investigate visa program abuses

Trump announced that US will withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal since it is a "potential disaster" for the country

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 22, 2016 7:39 am
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President-elect Donald Trump on Monday released a video spelling out his  agenda for the first 100 days when he assumes office on January 20. Sticking to the themes he had outlined during his Presidential campaign, Trump laid out plans for trade, energy, regulations, national security, immigration, and ethics.

Trump, whose campaign motto was ‘Make American great again’,  began the video by promising to bring innovation and job opportunities to America. “My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: putting America first. Whether it’s producing steel, building cars or curing disease, I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here on our great homeland, America, creating wealth and jobs for American workers,” he said.

Trump announced that US will withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal since it is a “potential disaster” for the country, calling for, instead, bilateral deals which would bring jobs to the country. “We will issue the notification of intent on Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country. Instead we will negotiate fair bilateral deals that bring jobs and industry back on to American shores,” he said in the video.

After the announcement, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that the TPP, which yet to ratified, would be meaningless without the US. In the video, Trump further talks about removing energy restrictions and bringing in jobs through shale oil energy and clean coal energy which will create “millions of high paying jobs.”

Moving on to immigration, he said he will be directing the department of labour to look at any abuse of visa programs that undercut American jobs. Trump said that there will a five-year ban on executive officials taking up the role of lobbyists and a lifetime ban on executives lobbying for foreign governments.  “As part of our plan to drain the swamp, we will impose a five year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the administration and lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of foreign governments,” he said.

He also said he will direct the Department of Defence and Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff to formulate a security plan to protect America from all threats.  “On National Security, I will ask the Department of Defence and Chairman Join Chief of Staff to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber attacks and all other form of attacks,” he said. Describing them as only some of his plans to ‘make America great again’, he said he will be coming forth with more steps to reform Washington.