US lawmakers say Trump exploring rejoining Pacific trade talks

  • US lawmakers say Trump exploring rejoining Pacific trade talks

US lawmakers say Trump exploring rejoining Pacific trade talks

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 past year as part of his "America first" agenda.

During a February news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump raised the possibility of rejoining TPP if the negotiators offered more favourable terms. I keep reading from the fake news media that we're pushing it, we're not pushing it....

Sasse released a formal statement following the meeting with the president.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse says Trump said during a White House meeting with Midwest governors and lawmakers that he had "deputized" USA trade representative Robert Lighthizer and economic adviser Larry Kudlow to look into the US rejoining the TPP.

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 withdrew the United States from the TPP immediately after taking office in January 2017, and his officials have said repeatedly he prefers bilateral negotiations.

It was dead on arrival in the U.S. Congress in any case. He said at the time that he would pursue individual deals with the other countries. South Dakota Sen. John Thune described Trump as "bullish" on the idea.

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.

"It is good news that today the president directed ..."

The Trump administration says it has ordered the Agriculture Department to create a program to help farmers hurt by trade. "Kudlow and ... Lighthizer to negotiate US entry into TPP". "In addition to discussing trade with China, we emphasized the importance of finalizing NAFTA negotiations, expanding the use of E15 year-round and reconsidering the TPP". The Trump Administration is still providing multi-billion dollar federal contracts to some of the largest outsourcers in America.

But Mr. Trump has also hinted at re-entering the deal if he can secure a "substantially better deal" for the U.S.

Kennedy says what was presented as a tariff on foreign steel has effectively become a tax on USA manufactures such as his company. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., told Fox News as he left the White House.

He told Fox News last weekend that Canada, Japan, Australia, and Europe would be part of this so-called coalition, but did not offer specifics about what policies they might pursue.