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Trump announces plans to ditch TPP, dump energy restrictions in first 100 days

"My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: Putting America first," Trump said in a video update, posted Monday.

By Doug G. Ware

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- President-elect Donald Trump on Monday posted a video message to explain some of the things he plans to do in his first 100 days in the White House.

In the two and-a-half minute video, which was produced and posted online by Trump's transition team, the commander in chief-in-waiting said he plans to withdraw from the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, sack energy regulations put in place by President Barack Obama's administration and strengthen U.S. cybersecurity.

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"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," Trump says in the video. "Patriots are being brought in and will soon be a part of our government -- helping us to make America great again.

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"My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: Putting America first," he continued. "I want the next generation of production innovation to happen right here on our great homeland."

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Trump said he asked his transition team to come up with a list of executive actions he can pursue starting on Day 1, "to restore our laws and bring back our jobs -- it's about time."

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"On trade, I'm going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership -- a potential disaster for our country," Trump said. "Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals.

"On energy, I will cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal ... that's what we want, that's what we've been waiting for."

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Trump said he will also introduce a new requirement that mandates every new government regulation must be accompanied by the elimination of two existing regulations -- a provision he called "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.

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"On immigration, I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker."

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As part of his plan for ethics reform, one of the major reasons he was popular as a Washington outsider, Trump said he will implement a ban on executive government officials becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave their administrations, and a lifetime ban on them lobbying for a foreign government.

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"These are just a few of the steps we will take to reform Washington and rebuild our middle class," Trump concluded. "I will provide more updates in the coming days to work together to make America great again for everyone -- and I mean everyone."

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