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."
The 2 1/2 -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."
In response to the video, a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said the proposals "show that Donald Trump is continuing the longstanding GOP tradition of helping out their special interest friends at the expense of everyone else."
The video announcement came as Mr. Trump continued back-to-back interviews and meetings with prospective cabinet officials and White House advisers, including Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who is considered a candidate for the Interior Department.
Ms. Fallin told reporters she wasn't offered a job in the meeting. "We discussed a wide range of issues" she said.
Mr. Trump 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 and focusing resources on rebuilding the country, according to a statement by Ms. Gabbard.
The parade of visitors to Mr. Trump's New York offices provided a sense of energy around the transition efforts, even though no major appointments have been unveiled for days.
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 appeared to be his multipoint strategic plan for the Department of Homeland Security that called for "extreme vetting questions for high-risk aliens," according to photos 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 was only partially visible as some of it was obscured by his hand. The header for the document was "DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY -- KOBACH STRATEGIC PLAN FOR FIRST 365 DAYS." The vetting questions included things such as their support for "Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, [and] the United States Constitution."
A representative for Mr. Kobach's office didn't return a message seeking comment. Spokesmen for the Trump transition team didn't respond to requests for comment.
Write to Michael C. Bender at Mike.Bender@wsj.com and Damian Paletta at email@example.com
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
November 21, 2016 23:35 ET (04:35 GMT)
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