Trump Directs Cabinet to Look Into Rejoining TPP Trade Agreement

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"He knows that trade is critically important not just to ag country but to America in general", Sasse said of Trump. Though President Barack Obama signed the deal in February 2016, Trump yanked the U.S. out of the agreement two days after his inauguration the following January. He pulled the United States out of the Pacific trade deal in January previous year, one of his first moves as president.

U.S. President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining negotiations on the Pacific Rim agreement after he pulled out previous year as part of his "America first" agenda.

Daines said Trump asked him Thursday to resend the letter he originally sent in February.

"Lots of good things from this meeting", Sasse said.

The White House meeting was aimed at appealing to the Midwest lawmakers at a time of high anxiety because of the China trade dispute.

Trump argued throughout the 2016 presidential campaign that TPP was harmful to the American workforce, robbing the manufacturing sector of jobs for Americans. Richard Trumka, the president of the massive labor organization ADL-CIO, blasted the move by Trump as an affront to American workers.

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"The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster, done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country", Trump said in June 2016.

"A TPP deal is a huge win, I believe, for agriculture, and it puts more pressure on China because they're not part of TPP", Daines said.

Lawmakers at a White House meeting on trade say that President Trump is eyeing a re-entry into the Trans Pacific Partnership after making the United States' exit from the trade pact one of the first items on his to-do list after taking office.

"That is certainly good news", Roberts told reporters outside the West Wing. Eleven Pacific Rim countries signed the sweeping agreement: Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Now, suddenly, the president who has railed against trade pacts that feature the US and multiple partners is considering joining the TPP, showing again his willingness to change his mind, even when doing so would betray his core beliefs and political base.

"But he multiple times reaffirmed the point that TPP might be easier for us to join now once the TPP-11 is aligned and we might be the 12th party to those negotiations, as opposed to the long process that it took to get to TPP".

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