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Trump Could Flip-Flop on TPP After All

13 April, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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In January this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump told CNBC during an interview that "I would do TPP if we were able to make a substantially better deal".

On Friday, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said that Trump said during a White House meeting with Midwest governors and legislators that he had "deputised" U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer and economic adviser Larry Kudlow to look into the USA rejoining the TPP.

Trump and his national security team will have "a number of meetings" on a potential response to the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria, the president said earlier Thursday.

"We have officially terminated TPP", declared Mr. Trump at the order signing. I think the president heard unified voices that we need more trade, not less, and that the farmers and ranchers of America - they don't want welfare payments. "President Trump looked at Larry Kudlow and said, 'Get it done'".

Trump remarks came during a White House meeting Thursday with farm-state lawmakers who were voicing their concerns over his trade tiff with Beijing. "And so lots of good things in this meeting".

"The best thing the United States can do to push back against Chinese cheating now is to lead the other eleven Pacific nations that believe in free trade and the rule of law", Sasse said in the statement.

Trump's pick to be the next secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, was asked about the President's comments during Pompeo's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.

The president told lawmakers he has concluded it might be easier for the country to join the trade deal after the other 11 members have finished their negotiations, with the US then joining as the 12th member.

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

Roberts said it would be "good news all throughout farm country".

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the TPP two days after taking office. The other countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

Kevin Kennedy, president of a steel fabrication business in Texas, said tariffs on steel and aluminum imports have led USA steel producers to raise their prices by 40 per cent.

Trump had lumped TPP into a group of agreements he opposed because of his general thought that the United States was getting a raw deal from other nations in trade.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

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