Trump says quitting trade deal, tackling visa abuses to be priorities


US president-elect releases video laying out actions he will take on first day in office

US President-elect Donald Trump released a video on Monday laying out actions he will take on his first day in office including directing the Department of Labor “to investigate all abuses of visa programmes that undercut the American worker” and withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Mr Trump also said he would issue a rule cutting government regulations and cancel some restrictions on energy production, including shale oil and gas and coal.

In the video, Mr Trump said his agenda would “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”.

He had asked his transition team “to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs”.

Message from US president-elect Donald Trump

These include:

– Issuing notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Mr Trump described as “a potential disaster for our country”. Instead his administration would “negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores”.

– The cancellation of “job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy – including shale energy and clean coal”.

– The introduction of a rule “which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated”.

– The department of defence and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff will be asked to develop a plan “to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber attacks, and all other form of attacks”.

– The Department of Labor “will investigate all abuses of visa programmes that undercut the American worker”

– A five-year ban will be imposed on “executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the administration – and a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government”.

Mr Trump said he would “provide more updates in the coming days”.



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