Will the US President-elect Donald Trump’s 100-day in office plan have scathing effects on the Philippine economy, local jobs and non-American Filipino citizens living in the United States?
It remains to be seen and felt.
On Monday, there was not much of a surprise when the US President-elect unveiled Monday the plan for his first 100-day in office. It is topped by withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and creating jobs.
The POTUS-elect intended to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership which Trump considers a potential disaster for the United States.
The remarks was contained in a video with a duration of less than three minutes long. Mr. Trump outlined specific policies for his tenure for the first time since his victory in the presidential election earlier this month.
Trump wants to negotiate fair bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry onto American shores.
The TPP, a free trade pact between 12 Asia-Pacific countries, has been signed but not yet ratified by US lawmakers. During his election campaign, Trump had said he strongly opposed the deal.
Rebuilding the middle class in the United States is a priority of his new policies, Trump said.
Other initiatives boosting job numbers include loosening regulations on the energy sector.
“I will cancel job-killing restrictions on the productions of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal, creating many millions of high-paying jobs,” Trump said.
According to Trump a probe into visa abuses headed by the labor department would also be conducted, to stop illegal immigrants from undercutting US laborers.
Political reform is also high on the agenda, as Trump pledged to “drain the swamp” in Washington.
Specific plans include imposing a five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists after they leave the administration, and a lifetime ban on their lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
Also to cut red tape, Trump said for every new regulation being implemented, the government will cut two old ones.
The 100-day plan also touched on national security, outlining a “comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber attacks and all other form of attacks”.
Notably missing from the plan are the president-elect’s previous promises to build a wall along the Mexican border and to amend Obamacare, two highly controversial issues that have won him as much criticism as praise.
Reception of Trump’s plan is mixed, with many applauding him for the courage to make changes, while others are alarmed by the environmental impact of his energy plans.
According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week, health care reform was the top issue US citizens want to see addressed in Trump’s first 100 presidential days. Jobs and immigration came in second and third.
The plan was released amid a flurry of meetings Trump is conducting with potential candidates for unfilled government positions, the more important of which include the defense secretary and the secretary of state.
Trump said his transition team is working “smoothly, efficiently and effectively”, and is bringing in “talented” people.
Trump clinched the presidency earlier this month after beating Democrat Hillary Clinton. He is now in the process of forming his administration and preparing to officially take over the White House on Jan. 20 next year. (Xinhua)
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