On Tuesday, the US President Donald Trump’s industrial policy, titled Manufacturing Jobs, created a flurry of activity for many businesses in the US.
The president is expected to unveil a new cabinet in the coming days.
However, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump’s advisor Steve Bannon hinted at the cabinet’s potential for a major shakeup.
“We are going to have a massive manufacturing council, that’s going to be a very big part of it,” he said.
“The big thing is that you’ve got to get the people to work together, because it’s going be very hard for the government to take over, it’s a very large body, the whole country, when you have a lot of people coming together, and you’ve gotta make sure they’re all working together.
You’ve got a lot going on.”
On the cabinet, Bannon revealed a few of the more high-profile names to be involved in the project, including former US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
However it was not clear how much of a role Lighthizers role would play.
Bannon’s comments came as the White House released a plan to slash US trade deficits and the US unemployment rate by 1.3 percentage points by 2020.
The administration also announced a new US Trade Advisory Committee (TAC) to review US trade policy.
It’s unclear if Bannon, who previously served as the head of the conservative Breitbart News, will be a member of the TAC.
Bannon is not the first Trump cabinet member to hint at a change in direction for the administration.
Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who was confirmed as Secretary of Labor on Wednesday, said during the inauguration that the cabinet was “moving in the right direction”.
“The United States is not a nation of law and order, but we are a nation that seeks to be the greatest, strongest, and fairest nation on earth,” Perez said.
In addition to Lighthiser and Tillerson, the new US administration will also include former Senator Tom Cotton and former Representative John Culberson.
Trump also announced the formation of a new Presidential Advisory Council on Trade and Competitiveness (PACE), which is tasked with helping to “implement and lead on policies and practices to promote US-led global economic growth and prosperity”.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration is expected begin drafting a comprehensive immigration reform bill, which is likely to include the controversial DACA program, which has become a political lightning rod in the last few weeks.
The President has promised to make a final decision on the DACA program in the next few weeks, and has indicated that he intends to end the program in 2018.
During the election, Trump promised to end DACA, and he did not immediately do so, instead issuing a statement on Monday saying, “I don’t want to end a program that I did not create.
DACA was created by Congress, and it was created to allow people who were brought here as children to stay here and to be able to contribute to our economy.”
The US has been the only major developed country that does not offer DACA protections to people who are younger than 21, and many DACA recipients have been fighting to remain in the country.