Thomas Gallatin / November 22, 2016

Trump’s Day One Agenda

Trump releases a video laying out his plans immediately upon taking office.

Breaking from past presidents who gave regular press conferences updating the progress of their transition, Donald Trump has maintained a more guarded stance limiting press access. Clearly, Trump, who was quite critical of the press while campaigning, has shown that he will seek to control as much of the message as possible.

In that spirit, Trump released a video yesterday in which he outlined an update on his agenda for his first 100 days in office. In the video, Trump re-iterated his core principle of “putting America first.” He then focused on the executive actions he would initiate on his first day in office, such as withdrawing from TPP and negotiating new deals. He also plans to cancel job-killing restrictions on coal and shale, curb regulations, bolster national security and drain the swamp by implementing a five-year lobbying ban on former administration officials.

What was conspicuously absent from the video was any mention of repealing ObamaCare, building a border wall and changing the tax code. On the immigration issue, Trump did note that he would authorize the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of the visa program as a means of protecting the American worker.

Overall, Trump’s focus was positive and action-oriented. He was clearly displaying his business background in targeting many issues that directly deal with the current economic climate in America. However, it was troubling that there was no mention of nominating a Supreme Court justice. For many conservatives, this was the primary justification for voting Trump. While concerning, there is no need for alarm yet as Americans are sure to hear more from Trump in the coming days.

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