What's to do: 'Putting America first': Trump's to-do list for presidency

13:56 Nov. 22, 2016

'Putting America first': Trump's to-do list for presidency

President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally (AP photo)

Leaving the Transpacific Partnership and unleashing the energy producing are highlighted as top priorities for president Trump's first day in office

The U.S. president-elect Donald Trump revealed his to-do list for the very first day in the White House, as his transition team carries on working over top level appointments for the future administration. 

"My agenda will 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, on our great homeland, America, creating jobs and wealth for American workers," Trump said in his speech record published on YouTube. 

He outlined the six key points of his agenda for a day one in office, which is due to start just after taking the oath on January 20th, 2017. 

1. Withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The TTP deal was the Obama administration key foreign achievement, meant to unite the 12 Pacific Rim markets, including the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, constituting over 35% of the world trade. The deal was signed in early February, but hasn't entered into force yet. 

The president-elect who pledged to prevent businesses from outsourcing jobs abroad rejected the free trade deals during his bid for the White House, promised to immediately trigger withdrawing the U.S. from the deal. 

"I am going to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the TPP, a potential disaster for our country. Instead, we will negotiate fair bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industries back onto American shores," Trump said. 

When commenting on Trump's claim, Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe said that without the United States, the TPP deal is 'meaningless'.

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2. Lifting restrictions on producing energy resources

In December 2015, the U.S. Congress supported the budget bill providing lifting 40-years-long embargo on oil exports from the United States. However, because of the president Obama support of clean energy and growing fears of fuel deficit and prices increasing in the country, energy producing spheres are still hugely regulated.

"I will cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, including shell energy and clean coal, creating many millions of high-paying jobs," the president-elect said. 

Lifting the ban on oil exports had knocked the world oil prices down to USD 39 per barrel back in 2015, and total abolishing restrictions of energy producing in the U.S. likely to cause a new meltdown, particularly dangerous for Russia, Venezuela and other oil export dependent economies.   

3Providing simplified regulation

"I will formulate a rule, which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulation must be eliminated," Trump also claims. In this way, the president-elect intends to struggle overregulation and bureaucracy. 

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4. Developing protection from cyber threats

After serious concerns of Russia's meddling into the U.S. presidential elections via cyber attacks and hacking against top Democrats, the Trump transition team seem to take warning from this growing threat. 

"I will ask the Department of Defence and the Chairman of the Joint Chefs of Staff to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America's vital infrastructure from cyber attacks and all other forms of attacks," Trump promised. 

5. Revealing any abuses for labour visa issuance 

"I will direct the Department of Labour to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker", said Trump, aiming to change the situation, when the foreign visa abusers deprive Americans of their jobs, a slogan that allegedly granted him the presidency from the unhappy middle-class workers

In contradiction to the Trump's pledges, the unemployment rate in the U.S. has declined twice in the past six years under Obama presidency, from nearly 10% in October 2009 to less that 4.9% in the mid-2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

6. Baning retired officials from lobbying

Donald Trump also eager to fight corruption and vicious lobbying in the Capitol.

"We will impose a five year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the administration and the lifetime ban on official lobbying on behalf of a foreign government," he said.

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