Trump considering TPP membership as farming states seek assurances

Trump pulled the US out of the pact in early 2017 citing concerns about jobs

Donald Trump pulled the US out of the pact in early 2017 citing concerns about jobs

Ben Sasse of Nebraska, an occasional Trump critic, applauded the president's willingness to reconsider his order to remove America from the TPP.

Sasse told reporters at the White House that during the meeting Mr. Trump had repeatedly "reaffirmed the point that TPP might be easier for us to join now once the TPP 11 is aligned and we might be 12th party to those negotiations as opposed to the long process that it took to get to TPP". "To that end, he has asked [Ambassador] Lighthizer and Director Kudlow to take another look at whether or not a better deal could be negotiated". Trump spent the 2016 presidential campaign ripping into the multi-national pact, saying he could get a better deal for US businesses by negotiating one-on-one with countries in the Pacific Rim.

Just by floating the idea, the Republican president drew the ire of conservatives on social media as he opened the door to joining a trade pact with 11 other Pacific Rim countries that he once dubbed "a continuing rape of our country".

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump called TPP a "disaster". "And so lots of good things in this meeting".

Nevertheless, the move immediately received praise from congressional Republicans, who have had to suppress their longstanding support for free trade under Trump.

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"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".

Following a meeting between the president, his advisers and members of Congress today, Sasse told reporters that Trump had advanced in his thinking on TPP, which he withdrew from shortly after taking office a year ago. Trump has always boasted that he preferred bilateral trade agreements that could be leveraged to the benefit of the USA and American workers.

"The president is working on a number of trade deals", Fischer said.

Besides Canada and Mexico, the members of the pact are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Now, suddenly, the president who has railed against trade pacts that feature the USA 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.

Sen. Ben Sasse said on Thursday that President Donald Trump had told two advisers to look into getting the U.S. back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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