MIAMI (CBSMiami) — President Donald Trump started off his busy week with a working breakfast and a slew of executive orders.
President Trump signed a series of executive orders in the Oval Office including one withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
“Everyone knows what that means, right? We’ve been talking about this for a long time, thank you. Okay, (shows document) great thing for the American worker, what we just did,” Trump told reporters.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reiterated this during his first official White House press briefing under the Trump administration.
“This is not a deal that was in our country’s best interests,” said Spicer.
The president signed an order freezing federal workforce hiring except for the military.
The third executive order reinstituted the “Mexico City Policy” that bans providing federal money to non-governmental organizations (NGO) that perform abortions.
President Trump started off the day with a working breakfast alongside business leaders including Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin.
During his meeting with top business executives, he promised to decrease regulations up to 75 percent and to help taxpayers.
“We are going to be cutting taxes massively for the middle class and companies,” said Trump.
The president is vowing to increase manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
“We want to make our products again. We don’t want to bring them in. We want to make them here,” said Trump.
Trump also warned business leaders that companies who move jobs out of the U.S. would face what he called a substantial border tax.
Monday’s full slate at the White House followed an equally busy weekend for the Trump administration.
The president welcomed a group of senior aides who were sworn-in Sunday.
On Saturday, he spoke to CIA employees but the president was also thinking about Saturday’s protests that brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to Washington, D.C.
Trump is also expected to meet with Congressional leaders later in the evening.
Yesterday the president took care of some staff work.
“I just went to the Oval Office and found this beautiful letter from President Obama,” said Trump.
At a swearing-in for his senior advisers Sunday, the 45th president held up the letter left for him by his predecessor Barack Obama.
“It was really very nice of him to do that,” said Trump.
He said the contents would remain confidential and offered this about the presidency and his team.
“This is not about party. This is not about ideology…it’s about serving the American people,” said Trump.
Earlier in the day, the president was less conciliatory when he noted the hundreds of thousands who marched in Washington and across the country to protest his presidency and agenda.
On Saturday, crowd size was also on Trump’s mind during his first official trip to CIA headquarters.
“We had a massive field of people,” said Trump.
In front of about 300 CIA agents, the president lashed out at reports about attendance at his inauguration.
“They showed a field where there was practically nobody standing there,” said Trump.
President Trump’s visit was designed to reset relations with an intelligence community he criticized.
“You’re gonna get so much backing, maybe you’re gonna say please don’t give us so much backing,” said Trump.
It’s a sentiment the president repeated at a reception for law enforcement and security leaders that included FBI Director James Comey.
Some Democrats blame Comey’s announcements about the email investigation for costing Hillary Clinton the election.
An inspector general probe is reviewing Comey’s conduct.
Mr. Trump’s pick for CIA director, Kansas Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo, is expected to be confirmed by the senate Monday.
Secretary of state Nominee Rex Tillerson won the backing of Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain and Florida Senator Marco Rubio assuring his eventual senate confirmation.