January 29, 2018
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Trump says he would re-enter TPP trade deal if it's made 'substantially better'

The president travelled to Davos, Switzerland last week and made some news: He would consider joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement if the terms were better for America, CNBC reported.

“I would do TPP if we were able to make a substantially better deal,” the president said in an interview at the World Economic Forum.

The current trade agreement is “terrible,” he added.

The TPP was “the largest regional trade accord in history,” the New York Times reports, including the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. It would cover about one-third of all trade around the world.

However, the president consistently blasted the agreement during his 2016 presidential run and abandoned the deal once elected.

Regardless, it’s “almost certainly” too late anyway, CNBC reported, since the other 11 countries have agreed to move forward without the United States.

Contact Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director for federal issues, to learn more.

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