Donald Trump Outlines Plan for First 100 Days in Office in Youtube Video

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On Monday, Donald Trump released an infomercial-like video aimed at the American people, describing what he will do when he takes office, on Youtube. He has kept pretty quiet since winning the election two weeks ago; apart from a few appearances in the media he has mainly focused on setting up his new government and has declined holding news conferences. In the video, Trump talks straight into the camera while reading from a script, and seems far more contained than when speaking during his campaign. He didn’t insult anyone, didn’t get fired up, and didn’t even mention the immigration promises he spoke so widely about on the campaign trail.

Trump did use his slogan, “Make America Great Again,” but he emphasized that he wants to do that for “everyone – and I mean everyone.” He said his main principle is putting America first, whether it is “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.”

The one concrete action he mentioned was to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he called a potential disaster for America. About energy he said that he will get rid of restrictions on the production of American energy, like shale energy and clean coal, to create “millions of jobs.” But he didn’t explain how this would be possible or describe what restrictions he meant. He wants to protect America from cyber attacks and “all other forms of attacks.” The only thing he said about immigration was that he will investigate all abuses of visa programs.

That Trump chose to speak to the people through an online video and utilize social media rather than traditional media may be because he always seems to be in a fight with some media outlet. Early Tuesday morning, he tweeted that he had cancelled a scheduled meeting with “the failing” New York Times because they had changed the terms for the appointment. “Not nice,” he wrote.

But only a few hours later the meeting was back on track, after the Times was clear that it hadn’t changed any rules.

A spokeswoman for the Times, Eileen Murphy, said that they had no idea that Trump was cancelling the meeting as no one contacted the newspaper; the change was only revealed through Trump’s personal tweets. She also said that it was the Trump team that tried to change the terms of the meeting, not them. No one is really sure what’s going on with Team Trump, but having a president that prefers communicating via social media exclusively is certainly a modern phenomenon.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.



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