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Trump announces steps he will take on first day in office

Updated Nov 23, 2016 11:31am


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WASHINGTON: US president-elect Donald Trump released a video message on Monday, sharing with his nation the executive actions he plans to take on his first day in the White House.

The two-minute, 38-second video made it clear that Trump’s election agenda was not just campaign rhetoric.

He is serious about the promises he made during the campaign and intends to implement them. During the campaign, Trump promised to withdraw from global trade agreements and instead make bilateral deals with the nations that would favour America.

And he announced in the video that on his very first day in office he would issue a notification announcing America’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 2015 trade agreement among a dozen Pacific-rim countries, including the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico.

Reacting to Trump’s announcement, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the other 11 nations were still willing to ratify the agreement. “So, Mr Trump and his new congress will have to make their own decisions in America’s interest.”

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said “as the democratically-elected next leader of the United States,” it was Mr Trump’s right to “make the policy decisions he thinks right”. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the agreement would be “meaningless” without the United States while economists warned that the withdrawal would increase Japan’s reliance on China.

Trump also vowed to end overseas hiring, a plan that may hurt developing economies across the globe that provide cheap labour for western companies. “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,” he said.

The president-elect, who looked directly into the camera as he laid out his early governing priorities, said the video was an update on the first 100 days of his administration. He said the transition team that prepared the list included “truly great and talented men and women” who will soon be a part of our government, “helping us to make America great again”.

Trump also announced his plan to loosen restrictions on shale energy and “clean coal”, saying those actions would create “millions of high-paying jobs”.

He said he would “formulate a rule that says that for every new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated”.

On national security, Trump said he would work with the Department of Defence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber-attacks and all other forms of attack”.

On immigration, he said he had directed the Labour Department to “investigate all abuses of visa programmes that undercut the American worker”. According to the US Department of Homeland Security there are 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

Trump also pledged to crack down on former administration officials becoming lobbyists, saying he would institute a five-year ban on domestic lobbying and a lifetime ban on lobbying foreign governments.

Not to pursue cases against Clinton

Trump will not pursue investigation of Hillary Clinton related to her private email server and the Clinton Foundation, his close aide said on Tuesday.

He had earlier vowed to appoint a special prosecutor to pursue cases against his Democratic rival.

Besides charging her with criminal negligence for using a private server for official emails, the Trump campaign had also claimed that she used her position as secretary of state to solicit funds for her family’s foundation.

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show on Tuesday that the president-elect now sees things differently.

“I think when the president-elect tells you before he’s even inaugurated that he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone and content” to fellow Republicans, she said.

“Look, I think he’s thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them,” she added.

Cancels meeting with NYT, reverses decision

Trump cancelled a meeting with reporters and editors from The New York Times, scheduled for Tuesday, only to reverse himself hours later.

“I cancelled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice,” Trump tweeted early on Tuesday morning, the media reported.

“Perhaps a new meeting will be set up with the @nytimes. In the meantime they continue to cover me inaccurately and with a nasty tone!” he added in a second tweet minutes later.

He continued his tirade against the newspaper, writing that “the failing @nytimes just announced that complaints about them are at a 15 year high. I can fully understand that - but why announce?”

A Times spokeswoman told Politico, it learned of the meeting’s cancellation from Trump’s Twitter account on Tuesday morning.

She disputed Trump’s claim that the Times had attempted to change the terms of its meeting with the president-elect.

“We were unaware the meeting was cancelled until we saw the president-elect’s tweet this morning. We did not change the ground rules at all and made no attempt to,” Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said in a statement emailed to Politico.

Hope Hicks, Trump spokesperson, told reporters at Trump Tower the meeting was back on. “Mr. Trump’s staff has told us that the President Elect’s meeting with The Times is on again,” Murphy of the Times confirmed.

“He will meet with our publisher off-the-record and that session will be followed by an on-the-record meeting with our journalists and editorial columnists.”

Published in Dawn, November 23rd, 2016


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Shuaib Nov 23, 2016 11:47am

Good luck to USA.

khanm Nov 23, 2016 11:58am

Dear Trump... Sir... with due respect..You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.Sir...Is there any point in public debate in a society where hardly anyone has been taught how to think, while millions have been taught what to think and thanks you sir....Good luck...

Ali Hasan Nov 23, 2016 12:10pm

Bye Bye to Great america!

Americans Apply for Pakistan visa now before its too late :)

Muhammad Ismail Nov 23, 2016 01:54pm

Good luck to conservative america and hundred years back america.

T.M. Reddy Nov 23, 2016 02:08pm

Sound bites are ringing.

Mahmood Nov 23, 2016 02:18pm

He' already backtracking and making U-turns on a number of pre-election promises. Expect he will sober up after a few months in office, when the reality and the responsibility of the office, fraught with risks and opportunities takes hold!

Winning an election is one thing. Doing the job you were elected for, is much tougher!

farhan Nov 23, 2016 02:20pm

History has witnessed many great nations rise and fall. This may be the end of dominance era for America and start of someone else's. This sure is not something new.

Irfan Nov 23, 2016 02:37pm

Only time will tell about the decisions he is taking now. It all depends on the intention of Trump and his party where does they like to see America from here on wards.

XYZ Nov 23, 2016 02:44pm

He is a businessman: at least he looks like interested in the US business interests. Good for the US.

XyZ-Indian Nov 23, 2016 02:51pm

Even Trump cannot let people from the world trying for US visa, we have big brains who will work now to find loop holes in Trump rule book, People migrate towards prosperous land , its natural.

sorry Mr Trump you will not succeed in your ideas, we in subcontinent will do many things to reach US.

Asif Nov 23, 2016 02:59pm

Well, it's seems to be a wake up call for countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, "Do something good for your own people and let them stay in their own countries".

Haider Nov 23, 2016 03:00pm

End of the liberals/ seculars.

Aftab Hashmi Nov 23, 2016 03:08pm

There must be some real celebrations in Beijing tonight. ;) RCEP, it means, is invigorating.

Tipu Nov 23, 2016 03:10pm

now its going to be real imaginary america which most extremists thinks of it. Its going to be reality.

zahid Nov 23, 2016 03:12pm

Right choice for his country

KT Nov 23, 2016 03:13pm

Trump don't forget Newtons third law. Every action will bear equal and opposite reaction.

The Right Left Nov 23, 2016 03:15pm

Oh interesting times !!!

MAK Nov 23, 2016 03:24pm

Sounds like 'a bull in china shop'

Desi Dimag Nov 23, 2016 03:25pm

I trust Trump.

The end is near Nov 23, 2016 03:38pm

Trump will make America great again. The best president ever.

Muhammad Nov 23, 2016 03:52pm

I personally dont see anything wrong in his steps towards supporting local american industry. Every nation has a right to take steps which support them especially when the global recession is still pretty much there. If he wants to limit the immigrants coming in US so that locals can get jobs then there is nothing wrong in that. I dont support his racist comments abt muslims latinos etc but all those ppl who are talking over here about bigotry and shutting of US should not forget that even we paksitanis dont want afghans any more and what ever the situation maybe in US, it is still million times better then our home situation and that the reason why most of us would love to go to US if got a chance even if it is Trump's US. I think we should start thinking about our own country and make it strong and exemplary instead of criticizing US and trump.

AliPasha(USA) Nov 23, 2016 03:54pm

Adios H-1B Indian Visa Holders.

Jm Nov 23, 2016 03:58pm

Start regestring and vetting americans. Check for guns and any war inciting materials. Soon reality wiil.bite.

JOYDEEP Nov 23, 2016 04:12pm

@Haider - good point,

Aniket Rastogi (Indian) Nov 23, 2016 04:24pm

God bless US because this man will be spelling doom for the country...

konfuzed Nov 23, 2016 04:48pm

Who cares about leading the world. If I am the richest and strongest, all will come running to me. The I am automatically 'THE LEADER'

Zakir naik Nov 23, 2016 05:47pm

Lets see how this unorthodox way or ruling will go...

aamir Nov 23, 2016 05:55pm

Not commenting out of jealousy and fear but we have seen in recent past the same tall and arrogant before USSR turned into many pieces.

Sameer Nov 23, 2016 06:00pm

He is America's excuse for damage control by damaging the world. But you got to love his effort in ending the lobbying culture.

athar Nov 23, 2016 06:11pm

It was expected. Inward looking policy will further isolate USA. Failure of TPP will be a success for RCEP and eventually China will be calling shots. Interesting days are ahead as world's closest economy will be leading the open economies. Worst fear of American think tanks is coming true that USA's isolationist policy will cause unrest in the allies which will definitely lead to end of American era.

Owais Mangal Nov 23, 2016 06:32pm

US is transitioning from "pro-human rights nation" to "Americans only" nation. People from Indian sub continent used to go to UK for higher education until early seventies. This tide changed to US in the eighties and onward. Now, lets see if China opens up its borders for the individuals/professional as fairly as US/UK did in the past. For us immigrants, whoever provides opportunity will benefit from our hard work, intellect and honesty, period.

Ahsan Nov 23, 2016 06:38pm

It seems Trump's priorities are domestic issue. This should not worry us. To me his immediate steps are more patriotic to satisfy the electorates

Muhammed Ali UK Nov 23, 2016 06:43pm

No wall. no Hilary commission, no this no that...Captain America of U turns.

Masood Hussain Nov 23, 2016 06:53pm

It was all election rhetoric,he will not do anything he said..

Zak Nov 23, 2016 07:21pm

Good he is cracking down on foreign lobbyists, who spend millions trying to deceive the US congressman of the reality. And they harm genuine old friends of US.

Tanvi hole Nov 23, 2016 07:24pm

Beware china will suffer the most!

Rexx God Nov 23, 2016 08:18pm

@khanm . Well written

Agatha christie Nov 23, 2016 08:21pm

@Tanvi hole .After withdrawal from NAFTA , China US trade will further expand.

Ali Nov 23, 2016 08:44pm

US President-elect Donald Trump will "honor" his election campaign promises. That is being a man of his word, unlike most corrupt politicians who say something and do the opposite. We can only compare this with our politicians?

PM Nawaz Sharif promised to end of corruption and end load shedding within six months? He is avoiding investigation of his family's secret Panama bank accounts and now talking of 2018 to end load shedding? Was this his ignorance or dishonesty?

Sarwar, USA. Nov 23, 2016 08:59pm

All offshore jobs should be brought back from Mexico, India and Philippines.

Agha Ata Nov 23, 2016 09:58pm

The trouble is that his first day in the Oval Office a few weeks away from now. I wonder if he would stick to his statements by that time.

ADD Nov 23, 2016 10:30pm

@Ali Hasan Even then American is still 100 times better.

Ashraf Quli Nov 24, 2016 12:21am

@Muhammad Ismail What's the fuss about?

Ashraf Quli Nov 24, 2016 12:24am

@Ali Hasan What's your problem about Donald Trump and his country?

Ashraf Quli Nov 24, 2016 12:26am

@farhan Oh really?

NowNow Nov 24, 2016 03:53am

Sure Mr. Trump. Please instruct your team to review the corrupt practices and tactics used by big outsource IT companies in misusing visa policies and work permits. These are good paying jobs that are being stolen from Americans by these big IT companies by exploiting rules.

Ibby Nov 24, 2016 06:56am

@Sarwar, USA. Bringing all jobs back from Mexico & Philippines is probably possible but very difficult to move back all jobs from India. The IP and intelligence developed in the process of outsourcing can only be gradually replaced by the US company. So US companies will be dependent on Indian companies for a longer time then we would like to see.

mojazze Nov 25, 2016 10:13pm

Trump is creating the wow moment around the world. Long story short he is using the nationalistic spirit to rally people around him. America will more likely be less involved and more isolated from rest of the world by the end of his term. Sounds like he may start cutting on H visas and green cards for foreigners

pk Nov 25, 2016 10:53pm

Wavering and lying Trump. His supporters will be displeased with him when he would not be able to deliver what he promised.