President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is now part of the government, at least online, in the form of a GreatAgain.gov website.
The website, registered through the General Services Administration, is a traditional element of the federally funded transition between administrations, carried out under the terms of the 2010 Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act.
The GSA has been supporting transition activities for months, not only for the Trump team but for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s team as well.
GreatAgain.gov, which is inspired by Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, made its public debut on Wednesday, a day after the election. But it was primed for action even before the outcome was known. On Sunday, for example, the website noted that 4,000 political appointees would be leaving to make room for the new administration.
“Finding qualified people to fill these jobs is an enormous undertaking, but it is critically important to making the federal government work effectively for the American public,” according to the posting, which mirrors a notice that was posted by the Center for Presidential Transition back in March.
The “Help Wanted” notice is likely to be fleshed out in the weeks ahead with information about job applications, just as it was in the case of then-President-elect Barack Obama’s Change.gov website back in 2008.
Like Change.gov (which is now offline), GreatAgain.gov lays out Trump’s positions on a wide array of issues in advance of January’s inauguration.
For example, there’s been a lot of talk about Trump’s trillion-dollar initiative to rebuild America’s infrastructure. Some have compared the concept to President Dwight Eisenhower’s initiative to build the interstate highway system, and the promise of more spending and jobs has helped boost the Dow Jones industrial average. (Tech stocks haven’t fared as well.)
The website says the Trump administration “seeks to invest $550 billion to ensure we can export our goods and move our people faster and safer.”
On another big issue, immigration, the website’s 10-point plan doubles down on Trump’s intention to “build a wall on the southern border,” block funding for sanctuary cities and cancel executive orders that the incoming administration deems unconstitutional.
For what it’s worth, Mexico’s leaders say they want to meet with Trump to talk about the transition, but they won’t pay for the wall.