Trump Directs Cabinet to Look Into Rejoining TPP Trade Agreement

Marsha Scott
April 13, 2018

US President Donald Trump has asked top administration officials to look into rejoining talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, from which the US withdrew a year ago, rural legislators said. "China is a bunch of cheaters and the best way to push back on their cheating would be to be leading all these other rule of law nations in the Pacific that would rather be aligned with the USA than with China".

"They don't want welfare payments, they want to feed the world", Sasse said.

The move to consider reentry comes just one month after the president imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the U.S. And a lot of economists say that the ideal way to fight an increasing China and stress it to start its market is through multilateral trade trades such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, that make favorable trading terms for both individuals. It's a harsh word - it's a rape of our country.

"We should be leading the TPP discussions". "We are going to put a lot of people back to work".

The president says China has consistently treated US agriculture unfairly and his administration is "changing things with respect to trade".

"Tariffs first and USA alone action that focuses just on tariffs and steel ... that's not going to solve the real problems we have", he said.

Trump was not the only one to oppose TPP during the campaign. In fact, in February, a letter from 25 congressional Republicans had been delivered to Trump asking that he "re-engage" with the TPP.

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In May 2016, as domestic political backing for TPP was starting to erode, Obama wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post aiming to rally support. A trade war with China could be particularly devastating to rural economies, especially for pig farmers and soybean and corn growers.

China's aggressive response to Mr. Trump's tariffs is aimed squarely at products produced in the American heartland, a region that helped send him to the White House.

The president has mused publicly about rejoining the deal before, suggesting he would re-enter if he could negotiate more favorable terms.

"If it holds until this afternoon, that's a good move", remarked Sen. Sen Ron Johnson, R-Wis., was among a handful of senators who recently visited China to meet with government and business leaders there.

The countries signed the agreement but they still must individually ratify it before it can be formally implemented.

TPP-11 is the group of Pacific nations who signed a renewed free trade pact after Trump pulled the United States out of TPP. Critics of the President's decision to pull the United States from the deal have argued that the U.S. would have more leverage in a trade dispute with China if the USA had remained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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