Well, that didn’t take long. On the first Monday of Donald Trump’s Presidency, President Trump has already signed an executive order to withdraw the United States from the TPP trade agreement. A deal which was constantly attacked by Trump throughout the campaign, he made it a priority of his to remove the United States from the deal.
TPP was a 12 nation trade agreement which was pushed very much by the Obama Administration. It failed to gain traction with many progressives on the left, as well as many conservatives. Furthermore, it was an especially unpopular agreement for areas which were heavy in manufacturing, states which Trump fared very well in.
Read more: 5 Things You Need To Know About the TPP
Trump said this decision is a “great thing for the American worker.” It is no secret that a top priority of his was to remove America from this deal. It also appears that the United States is in the process of beginning to renegotiate NAFTA, a trade deal from the 1990’s with Canada and Mexico which is viewed as very similar as TPP.
Additionally he signed two other executive orders. The first puts a hiring freeze on all federal workers (excluding the military) and the second cuts off all funding to international organizations which provide abortion.
Although he has removed the United States from TPP, he has promised though to negotiate bilateral trade agreements. If put in place, he argues these will better protect the American worker.
Opposition and support for the deal has not been a particularly partisan issue. Many of the more centrist, “establishment” types on both sides of the aisle have seemed to support this type of deal. Whereas “outsiders” tend to oppose it. Arizona Republican Senator John McCain for example called Trump’s decision a “serious mistake.”
However, Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated, “I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone,” he added, “Now is the time to develop a new trade policy that helps working families, not just multi-national corporations. If President Trump is serious about a new policy to help American workers then I would be delighted to work with him.”
This comes just days after he took to executive action to potentially decrease the impact of the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, he signed an order which would ask federal agencies to “ease the burden” created by President Obama’s signature health care law.
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(h/t The Hill)