On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump announced a list of “executive actions” he plans on implementing on the first of his presidency which he says are aimed to “restore our laws and bring back our jobs.”
He said that he will signal the intention of the United States to withdraw from negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership — the trade deal which President Obama has pushed — roll back energy regulations, take steps to guard against cyber attacks, have the Labor Department investigate visa program abuses, and implement rules against members of his administration leaving to become lobbyists.
The President-elect cast his measures as completely focused on American workers, though it is unlikely any of them will be of any benefit to them. “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. 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.”
The six items that he detailed in Monday’s video are all somewhat easy lifts inside Washington — because they can be done with a simple signature by Trump and do not require congressional approval. Left out were his biggest campaign promises such as the border wall along the Mexican border, a deportation force, placing new restrictions on immigration from some Muslim countries, repealing Obamacare, and spending over $1 trillion on infrastructure, all of which would require congressional approval.
The video was produced and distributed by the Trump transition team. He, himself, has not held a press conference in the 12 days since the election, and he has declined, so far, to allow journalists to participate in a formal “protective pool,” which allows a small group of reporters to broadcast information about the movements of the president — or president-elect. He has also declined to allow reporters access to his meetings with foreign leaders, instead providing photographic handouts created by his transition team.