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Here's Donald Trump's first White House-ish video address

Here's what Donald Trump and his transition team want to get done right away.

Credit: Transition 2017, YouTube

Donald Trump says his White House transition team is "working very smoothly, efficiently, and effectively," as his new administration gets ready to take the reins from Barack Obama.

Trump published a YouTube video Monday (his first time addressing the American people since the election) in front of an Oval Office-esque background. In it, he lays out plans for the first 100 days of his presidency, saying "truly great and talented men and women, patriots indeed, are being brought in" to get things done.

His agenda will be based on "putting America first," he said. And with that in mind, his transition team has come up with a list of executive actions Trump's administration can take on day one.

One observation: Comments on the video are disabled.

Here's the rundown of what he said:


He plans to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade deal with 11 other countries that the Obama administration pushed, but others have criticized for being secretive (BBC has more).


Trump will cancel restrictions on production of shale oil and clean coal in the U.S., with the goal being to create high-paying jobs.


He also wants to institute a new policy: For every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. "So important," Trump added.

Cyber attacks

To protect the U.S. infrastructure from cyber and "all other forms" of attacks, Trump will have the Department of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff come up with an overarching strategy.


His administration will investigate abuses of visa programs that "undercut American workers."


And to "drain the swamp," he'll institute a five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave, and a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government. (That's harder than it sounds, CNN argues – just look at how Obama promised almost the same thing.)

What's next?

One high-profile issue from the campaign: Hillary Clinton and possible criminal charges. But Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, told Morning Joe Tuesday there are no plans to go after charges related to her emails or the Clinton Foundation, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, Trump will keep working to fill out his White House staff.

And he'll keep sniping with the media, as evidenced by his tweets against the New York Times Tuesday morning.

The Times, by the way, says the changed terms claim is untrue. Here's the paper's response. It's also possible that meeting's been un-canceled ... so yeah.

This comes after Trump took heat last week for meeting with Indian business partners, and then went after the Hamilton cast and the "one-sided, biased" Saturday Night Live.

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