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Trump Would Reconsider Massive Pacific Trade Deal if it Were ‘Substantially Better’

Posted January 26, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jacob Pramuk – CNBC)

President Donald Trump told CNBC on Thursday that he would reconsider the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal if the United States could strike a “substantially better” agreement. But it’s almost certainly too late for the U.S. to negotiate a new deal.

“I would do TPP if we were able to make a substantially better deal. The deal was terrible, the way it was structured was terrible. If we did a substantially better deal, I would be open to TPP,” he said in an exclusive interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

TPP was a 12-nation agreement among the United States and Pacific rim countries that was designed in part to counter China’s rising dominance of the region. But Trump withdrew from the deal last year, saying it would encourage companies to ship jobs to lower-wage countries. Click here to read more.