Senators: Trump is reconsidering his stance on TPP trade deal

President Donald Trump has directed his top trade and economic advisers to take a fresh look at ...

Posted: Apr 13, 2018 9:23 AM
Updated: Apr 13, 2018 9:23 AM

President Donald Trump has directed his top trade and economic advisers to take a fresh look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement he withdrew from in his first week in office, Republican senators said Thursday.

"He said he's going to deputize (National Economic Council Chairman) Larry Kudlow and (US Trade Representative) Robert Lighthizer to look at re-entering the TPP negotiations," Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said Thursday after meeting with Trump at the White House.

"Clearly, it's a deliberative process and the President is a guy who likes to ... entertain a lot of different ideas," said Sasse, who has been critical of the administration's withdrawal from the trade deal and other protectionist moves. "But he multiple times reaffirmed the point that TPP might be easier for us to join now once the TPP-11 is aligned and we might be the 12th party to those negotiations, as opposed to the long process that it took to get to TPP."

Sasse said Trump looked directly at Kudlow during the meeting and told him to "get it done."

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters confirmed the senators' accounts of Trump's comments.

"Last year, the President kept his promise to end the TPP deal negotiated by the Obama administration because it was unfair to American workers and farmers. The President has consistently said he would be open to a substantially better deal, including in his speech in Davos earlier this year. To that end, he has asked Amb. Lighthizer and Director Kudlow to take another look at whether or not a better deal could be negotiated," Walters said in a statement.

Trump's pick to be the next secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, was asked about the President's comments during Pompeo's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.

"That news was news to me," he said.

The move could mark the beginning of a stunning shift for Trump, who railed against the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the campaign and made withdrawal from the pact a priority during his first week in office. He did so over the objections of Republicans who disapproved of his protectionist approach to trade.

Beyond his opposition to the trade deal, Trump has continued to support a move toward bilateral trade agreements rather than multilateral deals involving groups of countries.

But in recent months -- even as he has erected tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and against China -- the President has also begun to signal a willingness to reassess his stance on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. In January, he said he would be open to reconsidering the deal if the US could strike a "substantially better" agreement.

Other countries in the pact, including Australia and Japan, have moved forward on the trade agreement, recently signing the TPP-11, which didn't include the United States.

Trump is also reconsidering his stance on the behemoth trans-Pacific trade deal as he inches closer to a trade war with China. Critics of the President's decision to pull the US from the deal have argued that the US would have more leverage in a trade dispute with China if the US had remained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

West Lafayette
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 70°
Kokomo
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 71°
Rensselaer
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 72°
Fowler
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 70°
Williamsport
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 70°
Crawfordsville
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 72°
Frankfort
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 72°
Delphi
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 71°
Monticello
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 71°
Logansport
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 72°
Another great workday for your Tuesday with sunshine
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 774097

Reported Deaths: 14012
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1064061810
Lake571801030
Allen43386701
Hamilton37585426
St. Joseph37480568
Elkhart29847471
Tippecanoe23679231
Vanderburgh23586405
Porter19665327
Johnson18990394
Hendricks18232323
Clark13691199
Madison13675348
Vigo12937256
Monroe12673178
LaPorte12617225
Delaware11207198
Howard10791237
Kosciusko9839124
Hancock8845150
Bartholomew8327157
Warrick8194157
Floyd8108183
Grant7430181
Boone7279105
Wayne7264201
Morgan6974143
Marshall6365117
Dubois6310118
Cass6121112
Noble605891
Dearborn605478
Henry5988111
Jackson520177
Shelby514098
Lawrence4999127
Gibson470997
Montgomery463592
Clinton461755
DeKalb460785
Harrison458377
Huntington426982
Whitley420045
Steuben413661
Miami409373
Jasper403457
Knox396091
Putnam388362
Wabash373184
Adams357156
Ripley353871
Jefferson349787
White341454
Daviess3102100
Wells305581
Greene297585
Decatur294093
Posey288035
Fayette287464
Scott284458
LaGrange278772
Clay277049
Washington256838
Randolph248483
Jennings242149
Spencer240231
Fountain238350
Starke231359
Owen226159
Sullivan223243
Fulton210045
Jay203732
Carroll199723
Orange193856
Perry193039
Vermillion182844
Rush178927
Tipton174348
Franklin173735
Parke157016
Pike143734
Blackford138432
Pulaski124648
Newton124136
Benton111415
Brown106643
Crawford106516
Martin92915
Warren88115
Switzerland8528
Union73710
Ohio58511
Unassigned0429

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events