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3 of Trump's Pet Policy Proposals Were Missing From His 100-Day Plan

Trump's YouTube video had some curious omissions.

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In keeping with his determination to circumvent traditional media, President-elect Donald Trump released a video address two weeks after winning the Presidency on his first 100 days in office on YouTube.

First, contrary to earlier reports, he claimed everything was going swimmingly with the whole transition thing. "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," he began.

Donald Trump then vowed to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and cancel "job-killing" restrictions on American energy production.

He also stated that "for every one new regulation, two old regulations would be eliminated," a new rule.

In terms of national security, Trump promised to ask the Department of Defense to develop a plan to protect American infrastructure "from cyberattacks and all other forms of attacks."

On immigration, Trump said he will ask the Department of Labor to "investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker." On the topic of ethics, he reemphasized his plan to "drain the swamp," imposing a 5-year ban from lobbying from former elected officials, as well as a separate lobbying ban for foreign government lobbying. 

No mention of his own apparent ethical conflicts of interest, namely the need to immediately place all of his business holdings in a blind trust, which does not mean handing them over to his own children.

Trump failed to mention three of his most prominent proposals on the campaign trail:

1. Building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border

Trump propelled his campaign on this promise, which included Mexico financing the wall.

2. A mass deportation force for undocumented immigrants

Trump initially proposed deporting every single undocumented immigrant (an estimated 13 million) through a mass deportation force. In his first sit-down interview since winning the presidency, Trump then scaled back the proposal to 2-3 million, and that would only be people who have committed crimes. No one knows where he got this exorbitant number, and House Speaker Paul Ryan has since insisted that the U.S. will not have a deportation force

3. Replacing Obamacare

Details of Trump's proposed alternative to the Affordable Care Act have yet to be seen, and following his meeting with President Obama, Trump appears open to keeping much of the healthcare plan. 

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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