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.
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Trump, breaking precedent, has not yet held a press conference and has not answered questions surrounding potential conflicts of interest between his business and the presidency. He and his family sat for an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” the Sunday after the election, but he has since forgone any other opportunities for questions, other than those shouted as visitors arrived at and left 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 said.
Trump discussed policies he championed during his candidacy — his intent to withdraw from the TPP, canceling restrictions on coal and gas, ethics reform and 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,” he said, reiterating a policy his transition team announced earlier this month.
He also addressed immigration, one of his hallmark issues during the campaign. He did not discuss building the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border but did raise executive action to investigate visa abuse.
“On immigration, I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker,” he said.
The message followed a week of nearly back-to-back meetings as Trump’s transition team tries to fill more than 4,000 jobs at the White House and government agencies. He has put his selection process on display; this weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, applicants entered the clubhouse in full view of cameras. He went outside to greet his visitors and to see them off, occasionally offering words of praise.
“Tremendous talent — we’re seeing tremendous talent,” he said Saturday. “People that, as I say, we will make America great again. These are really great people. These are really, really talented people.”