By Michael C. Bender and Damian Paletta
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."
In a video statement, he said he would order the U.S. to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with Asian nations, investigate immigration visa fraud, and create a plan to counter cyberattacks.
The announcement came as he continued back-to-back interviews and meetings with prospective cabinet officials and White House advisers, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential energy appointee, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who is considered a candidate for the Interior Department.
He also met with a liberal Democrat, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders during her party's presidential primary. The congresswoman and the president-elect discussed some areas of agreement, including their shared opposition to the war in Syria, focusing resources on rebuilding the country and how to defeat Islamic State terrorists, according to a statement by Ms. Gabbard.
Ms. Gabbard said Mr. Trump requested the meeting, and she accepted "before the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government."
She added, "Where I disagree with President-elect Trump on issues, I will not hesitate to express that disagreement."
The parade of visitors to Mr. Trump's New York offices provided a sense of energy and action around the transition efforts, even though no major appointments have been unveiled for days. Such lulls aren't unusual in presidential transitions, as job candidates need to be vetted and the president-elect ponders his final selections.
Yet there are some risks to the high-profile nature of the meetings. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a potential contender for Homeland Security secretary, left a meeting with Mr. Trump on Sunday with what appears to be his multi-point strategic plan for the Department of Homeland Security that called for "extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens," according to photographs of the document captured as he exited the president-elect's Bedminster, N.J., golf club. The Topeka (Kan.) Capital Journal reported on the document earlier Monday.
The document Mr. Kobach held is only partially visible as some of it is obscured by his hand. The header for the document is "DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY -- KOBACH STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FIRST 365 DAYS." The vettingquestions included things such as their support for "Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, [and] the United States Constitution." His proposal called for "all aliens from high-risk areas" to be tracked and for the U.S. to "reduce intake of Syria refugees."
A representative for Mr. Kobach's Kansas office didn't return a message seeking comment. Spokesmen for the Trump transition team didn't respond to requests for comment on the document.
"He has various lawyers, accountants and advisers who tell him what he must do and what he can," Mrs. Conway said. "He's a businessman, he's also working on transition. He's the president elect. We're in unprecedented times."
Asked how long he would maintain his business ties, Mrs. Conway asked, "Do you ask people how long they will play golf and do the transition?"
After another round of meetings on Tuesday, Mr. Trump will spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, his beachfront property in Palm Beach, Fla., and no meetings are scheduled, spokesman Jason Miller said. Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be in Mississippi for the holiday, Mr. Miller said.
Ms. Fallin is being considered for secretary of the interior, while Mr. Perry is being discussed as a possible energy secretary. In New York, Ms. Fallin told reporters she wasn't offered a job in the meeting. "We discussed a wide range of issues and his plan and agenda for America and how I might be able to help," she said. "It was a wonderful discussion and I really enjoyed it and I'm very excited about the administration."
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown met with Mr. Trump, and said he pitched his case for taking over the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, which has faced a scandal for delays in treatments to veterans. Mr. Brown said he expects a decision from Mr. Trump after Thanksgiving.
Mrs. Conway said a meeting with media executives in NewYork was assembled in two days. The meeting included NBC's Deborah Turness; CNN's Jeff Zucker and Wolf Blitzer; Fox's Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy and Jay Wallace and Suzanne Scott; and CBS's John Dickerson and Charlie Rose.
"It was very cordial, very productive, very congenial," she said. "It's great to hit the reset button. It was a long hard-fought campaign."
Mr. Trump hasn't had a news conference since July. Mrs. Conway said the newly elected president would answer media questions "soon." "But he just has action-packed days filled with meetings," she said. "These days are overscheduled with meetings."
Write to Michael C. Bender at Mike.Bender@wsj.com and Damian Paletta at email@example.com
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
November 21, 2016 20:05 ET (01:05 GMT)
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