U.S. president-elect Donald Trump released a video on Monday laying out actions he will take on his first day in office on Jan. 20, including withdrawing the United States from a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Calling the TPP a “potential disaster” for the U.S., he said his administration would instead “negotiate fair bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto America shores.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who attended a gathering of TPP leaders in Lima on Saturday, said there was no discussion at the meeting that other members should try to put the TPP into effect without the United States.
“The TPP would be meaningless without the United States,” he said.
Trump also said he would issue a rule cutting government regulations, direct the Labour Department to investigate abuses of visa programs, and cancel some restrictions on energy production, including shale oil and gas and coal.
No mention of border wall, Obamacare
The video — which made no mention of key pledges to build a border wall with Mexico or repeal the Affordable Care Act — continues the president-elect’s practice of trying to go over the heads of the media and take his case directly to the American public.
Since Election Day, he has twice ditched the group of reporters designated to follow his movements and has so far eschewed the traditional news conference held by the president-elect in the days after winning.
In the 2 1/2-minute clip, he said was appointing “patriots” to his administration and reiterated a number of his campaign promises.
“These are just a few of the steps we will take to reform Washington and rebuild our middle class,” Trump said. “I will provide more updates in the coming days as we work together to make America great again for everyone, and I mean everyone.”
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