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Donald Trump Provides Transition Update, Administration Preview




President-elect Donald Trump says his transition organization is working “smoothly, efficiently, and effectively” and intends to hit the ground running following his inauguration on January 20.

“My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: putting America First,” Trump said in a video message (above).  “Whether it’s producing steel, building cars, or curing disease, I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here, in our great homeland: America – creating wealth and jobs for American workers.”

Trump also announced that he had instructed his transition team to compile “a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs.”

Here’s the list …

On trade, I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country. Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores.

On energy, I will cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy – including shale energy and clean coal – creating many millions of high-paying jobs. That’s what we want, that’s what we’ve been waiting for.

On regulation, I will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated, it’s so important.

On national security, I will ask 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 cyber-attacks, and all other form of attacks.

On immigration, I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.

On ethics reform, 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 a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

Not a bad agenda …

Trump scored points not just for his policies, but his approach.

“It’s not a political speech.  It’s more like a new CEO’s report to shareholders,” one veteran Washington, D.C. operative told us of the video.  “A simple list of objectives that he can come back and report on.  No flash.  Just straight to the camera here is what we are going to do.  Bypassing the legacy media completely.”

Indeed … refreshing.