President-elect Donald Trump said on Monday he has ordered his transition team to draft a list of executive actions he could take “on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs.”
The 2½-minute video posted on YouTube marked the first time Mr. Trump has tried to communicate directly with the public about his agenda for his first days in office since he won the Nov. 8 election. Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama or their senior aides held regular news conferences during their transitions, often daily briefings updating their progress in building the new White House team.
Mr. Trump’s video included six calls for action on trade, immigration, energy, regulatory curbs, national security and ethics changes, most of which have already been announced either during the campaign or the transition period. He didn’t mention action on the Affordable Care Act, his proposed wall along the southern border, the tax code or the Iran nuclear deal, all of which were central arguments for his election.
Several of the changes would direct government agencies or officials to come up with new plans for how to operate, and their impact could take some time to be felt. For example, he will order military leaders to develop a plan to deal with cyberattacks and other threats, a review that could become broad in scope. He said he will also initiate an investigation into visa fraud, and impose a new rule to limit future regulations.
The pledge that could make a difference quickly is one to “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal.” He said this would create “many millions of high-paying jobs.”