WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump released a 2 ½-minute infomercial-style video on Monday that largely steered clear of his most inflammatory campaign promises to deport immigrants, track Muslims and repeal President Barack Obama's health law.
Instead, Trump offered what he called an update on his transition, which he said was working "very smoothly, efficiently and effectively." Reading from a script and looking into the camera, Trump vowed to focus on creating jobs, reducing regulations and combating corruption once in office.
"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 said in the video.
The brief YouTube video offered one of the few opportunities for the public to hear from Trump directly since he was elected two weeks ago. The president-elect has broken with tradition, refusing to hold a news conference shortly after his victory, and instead has used early-morning Twitter bursts to communicate.
Trump delivered a brief middle-of-the-night speech after Hillary Clinton called him on Nov. 9. And the president-elect sat for a gauzy interview, surrounded by his family, on CBS News' "60 Minutes" last week. Since then, he has mostly been hunkered down behind closed doors as he assembles his Cabinet and White House team.
In the video, Trump described his plans to "make America great again" on Day One, but his message seemed aimed less at the supporters who chanted that slogan at rallies and more at the Americans who remain skeptical about that promise.
The president-elect appeared to try to emphasize his appeal to those voters at the end of the video, as he promised to provide more updates as he worked together with everyone to reach his goals.
"And I mean everyone," he emphasized.