On Monday, president-elect Donald Trump outlined a 100-day plan for his presidency, describing his policy priorities in a video on Twitter. In the statement, Trump highlighted a lot of the same goals he touted during his campaign: Bringing jobs back to America, keeping the country safe and ending corruption. However, he conspicuously omitted any mention of the policies that drew the most criticism during the campaign, most notably his proposals to ban Muslims from entering the country, create a federal database of Muslims in the U.S., deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants, and build a wall on the Mexican border.
Our transition team is working very smoothly, efficiently, and effectively. Truly great and talented men and women, patriots indeed are being brought in and many will soon be a part of our government, helping us to Make America Great Again.
My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: putting America First.
Whether it’s 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.
Trump did outline some specifics. He pledged to "issue a notification of intent" to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, which he calls "a potential disaster for our country." Instead, Trump says he'll attempt to negotiate "fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back to American shores." He also promised to lift regulations on American energy production and, in doing so, create "many millions of high-paying jobs."
He did give lip service to his national security and immigration positions, saying that he'll "investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker" and
It's notable that Trump didn't mention his most offensive and prejudicial policies, but only time will tell what this means. On the one hand, it's possible that he isn't planning to actually build a border wall, or prohibit Muslims from entering the country. On the other hand, it's just as likely that he does plan to do those things, but intentionally didn't mention them in an effort to depict himself, insincerely and inaccurately, as a normal politician with non-offensive policies within the mainstream of American politics.
On a similar note, Trump also didn't mention the $1 trillion in infrastructure spending he's also proposed, one of the few progressive policies he's previously voiced support for. This, too, could mean a few things. Perhaps he doesn't intend to push such a program, or perhaps he just doesn't want to outrage the remnants of the Republican establishment, most of whom abhor infrastructure spending.
Either way, Trump is striking a different tone now than he did during the campaign — why he's doing so remains to be seen.