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Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

President Trump Gives Conditions on Re-entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Trump Gives Conditions on Re-entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership

That comment came in 2016 when Trump was still a candidate for president. During the campaign, he had criticized the agreement, calling it a product of the special interests that was a "continuing rape" of the country.

Japan's trade minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, warned that it would be hard to renegotiate, saying TPP is a well-balanced agreement based on the varying interests of the signatory nations.

As he often does, the President started to change gears after hearing complaints from important constituents - in this case, Republican lawmakers who said farmers and other businesses in their states would suffer from his trade approach because they send many of their products overseas. And then yesterday, he told a group of lawmakers that he was looking into rejoining the TPP.

He says the USA administration does not have a position on rejoining the agreement - it's merely exploring the possibility.

HOLLEYMAN: My sense is he's taking another look for two reasons. It could be a way to assuage American farmers and businesses hurt by Chinese tariffs by assuring robust markets for US products in countries that signed onto the deal, like Japan, Australia and South Korea.

Trump and his national security team will have "a number of meetings" on a potential response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria, the president said earlier Thursday. The ties that the US would achieve through a Trans-Pacific Partnership strengthen our ties with key security allies like Japan and Australia, New Zealand. "I think they want to". Many American agriculturalists maintain that the easiest way to help them is to avoid a trade war with China in the first place.

HOLLEYMAN: Politics around trade have always been incredibly complicated. We have agreements with several of them already.

KING: Do you think those 11 countries are going to welcome the USA back with open arms?

Comparing the multicountry trade agreement to "a glasswork", Yoshihide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, cautioned against any efforts to change it to accommodate Trump.

HOLLEYMAN: No, I think clearly those countries will make some demands. "Will they be able to negotiate those back in?"

Secondly, in domestic interests, President Trump will have to negotiate with the U.S. Congress. So to get back in the deal, we'll have to not only satisfy Republicans with stronger intellectual property, but we'll have to satisfy Democrats with stronger labor rights provisions.

"But, for Malaysia, we have gone very far in the negotiations and that is the maximum that we can go".

KING: It'll be tough.

It is also unclear how serious Mr Trump is about rejoining.

Trump tweets that he would only rejoin the agreement if it's renegotiated to become substantially better for the U.S.

"You'd need a whole renegotiation", he said.

Trump says the strikes are a "direct result" of Russia's failure to keep Syria's Assad from using chemical weapons RELATED: What the USA is doing in Syria The United States, along with assurance from France and the United Kingdom, launched a response Friday against the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad days after his government allegedly used chemical weapons on its citizens. And then he has to do that now with the USA isolated as an outsider. It's a fundamental mistake for the U.S.to be out of it, particularly as we focus on the impact on China.

KING: Robert Holleyman was deputy US trade representative in the Obama administration.

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