Trump Updates His First 100 Days Agenda
by Stephen Lendman
He’s no FDR, HST, LBJ or JFK. Expect no New Deal, Fair Deal or Great Society programs when they’re badly needed – protracted Main Street Depression conditions today as bad for most Americans as in the 1930s.
Nor is he a closet peacenik, favoring a more muscular military with little idea how he might use it. I won’t judge him until he begins governing. After inauguration, I’ll praise or criticize him appropriately – based on what he does and doesn’t do.
Will his tenure continue dirty business as usual or chart a new course? Given America’s sordid history and deep state power, it’s hard being optimistic.
On Monday, he recorded a short video message. Here’s what he said:
“Today, I would like to provide the American people with an update on the White House transition and our policy plans for the first 100 days.”
“Our transition team is working very smoothly, efficiently, and effectively. Truly great and talented men and women, patriots indeed are being brought in and many will soon be a part of our government, helping us to Make America Great Again.”
“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, in our great homeland: America – creating wealth and jobs for American workers.”
“As part of this plan, I’ve asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs. It’s about time.”
“These include the following:
On trade, I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential disaster for our country. Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores.”
“On energy, I will cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy – including shale energy and clean coal – creating many millions of high-paying jobs. That’s what we want, that’s what we’ve been waiting for.”
“On regulation, I will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. It’s so important.”
“On national security, I will ask the Department of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyberattacks, and all other form of attacks.”
“On immigration, I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.”
“On ethics reform, as part of our plan to Drain the Swamp, we will impose a five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the Administration – and a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.”
“These are just a few of the steps we will take to reform Washington and rebuild our middle class.
I will provide more updates in the coming days, as we work together to Make America Great Again for everyone, and I mean everyone.”
He said nothing about repealing and replacing Obamacare. Nothing on a new role for NATO. Nothing about allying with Russia in combating terrorism. Nothing on appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton crime family offenses.
More updates are coming, he said. Hopefully, they’ll favor diplomacy over war-making, along with positive initiatives benefitting all Americans.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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