US President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his first day in office, calling it “a potential disaster for the country.” Trump in his first video-message yesterday, after being elected as the President of the US, outlined concrete steps that he will take to “Drain the Swamp” in Washington DC and put America First by focusing on the issues of trade, energy, regulation, national security, immigration and ethics reform.
“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, in our great homeland: America – creating wealth and jobs for American workers,” Trump said.
“As part of this plan, I’ve asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs. It’s about time,” he said listing out some of the key steps that he would take.
“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,” Trump said.
On energy, he will cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy – including shale energy and clean coal – creating many millions of high-paying jobs.
“On immigration, I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker,” Trump said.
On ethics reform, as part of his plan to “Drain the Swamp”, Trump said, he 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.
This was Trump’s first video message after being elected as the president of the US on November 8. He would be sworn in as the 45th president of the country on January 20, 2017.
Provide the American people with an update on the White House transition and his policy plans for the first 100 days, Trump said his 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, helping us to Make America Great Again,” he said.