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Trump Promises Executive Actions (Video)

| by Robert Fowler

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to sign executive orders on his first day in office that will effectively kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and dramatically roll back environmental regulations on energy. The business mogul stated his plans during a video message to supporters (video below).

On Nov. 21, Trump released a taped message announcing his intention to sign several executive orders on his first day in office, Politico reports.

"I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership," Trump said, confirming his plans of ending U.S. involvement in the TPP, a trade pact between 11 countries in the Pacific Rim that President Barack Obama had supported.

Instead of embracing the TPP, the president-elect said that he would negotiate trade deals that will "bring jobs and industry" back inside of the U.S.

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Trump also vowed to rescind environmental regulations placed on energy such as shale or coal, which climate scientists say have a devastating impact on the environment.

"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," Trump said. "That's what we want, that's what we've been waiting for."

Several observers have noted that there are no current regulations on clean coal, a process that many climate scientists say doesn't even work. Jason Bordoff, founder of Columbia University's center for global energy policy, accused Trump of misleading voters on how environmentally damaging his plans are.

"I think the right way to read this is that he intends to scrap a lot of environmental rules that regulate coal production and end the Clean Power Plan that would accelerate the decline of coal," Bordoff told The Washington Post. "And the use of the word 'clean' is just propaganda to pretend all coal is clean."

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Bordoff added that the coal industry is shrinking based on market demands, not government interference. He warned that rolling back environmental regulation would help worsen climate change and "slow the decline the decline of coal but the coal industry is not coming back as he promised even if he eliminates all these rules."

Trump added that he would sign an executive order ruling that whenever a new regulation is created, "two old regulations must be eliminated."

The business mogul did not address his pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border or his vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He did signal his plans to place a five-year moratorium on government officials being allowed to become lobbyists after they retire and to order the Pentagon to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity.

The GOP-controlled Congress has signaled that their top priority in a Trump administration will be to repeal the ACA, according to USA Today.

The Senate Majority Leader, Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told reporters the day after Trump's election that repealing the ACA was "pretty high on the agenda," reports The Huffington Post.

In September, a Trump campaign adviser signaled that the business mogul would spend his first day in office rescinding every executive order issued by Obama, New York Magazine reports.

If Trump were to follow through on this pledge, he would reportedly kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as young children, cancel the Iran Nuclear Deal and remove protections from housing and health coverage discrimination against LGBT Americans.

It is unclear if Trump still plans on shredding every executive order signed by Obama. Instead, the business mogul has indicated that he plans to create some executive orders of his own.

Sources: The Huffington PostNew York MagazinePolitico, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Wall Street Journal/YouTube

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