Trump Scraps TPP Trade Deal By Executive Order

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Washington: President Donald Trump signed an executive order withdrawing the US from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, fulfilling one of his major campaign pledges.
“Great thing for the American worker what we just did,” Mr Trump said while signing the order in the White House Oval Office.

The TPP withdrawal order was one of three actions taken by the President in his third full day in office. He also ordered a freeze in government hiring and reimposed ban on providing federal money to international groups that provide abortions.

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The Senate was likely to scrap the agreement considering strong public anxiety over the deal. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders also campaigned against the TPP.
“Great thing for the American worker what we just did,” Mr Trump said while signing the order in the White House Oval Office.

The order is a defection from Republicans in Congress who supported the trade deal, including House Speaker Paul Ryan. Mr Obama worked with the Republican leader to pass legislation to grant the President authority to negotiate the trade agreement. Ranking Senate Republicans were quick to criticise Mr Trump’s decision to pull away from the TPP.

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