Trump to with­draw from TPP trade deal

> Pres­i­dent-elect plans to dis­man­tle agree­ment on first day in of­fice

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

WASH­ING­TON: Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump says the US will quit the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship (TPP) trade deal on his first day in of­fice.

A video mes­sage re­leased on YouTube was Trump’s first pub­lic ad­dress on pol­icy since his in­ter­view on 60 Min­utes.

On the trade deal, the bil­lion­aire prop­erty ty­coon said: “On trade, I am go­ing to is­sue a no­ti­fi­ca­tion of in­tent to with­draw from the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship, a po­ten­tial dis­as­ter for our coun­try.

“In­stead, we will ne­go­ti­ate fair bi­lat­eral trade deals that bring jobs and in­dus­try back on to Amer­i­can shores.”

The TPP trade deal was signed by 12 coun­tries, which to­gether make up al­most half the world’s econ­omy.

Dur­ing the mes­sage, he also said he would “can­cel job-killing re­stric­tions on the pro­duc­tion of Amer­i­can en­ergy” – in­clud­ing shale pro­duc­tion.

De­spite his elu­sive­ness in re­cent days, Trump gave an op­ti­mistic up­date on the state of the tran­si­tion.

“Our tran­si­tion team is work­ing very smoothly, ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively,” he said.

“Truly great and tal­ented men and women, pa­tri­ots in­deed are be­ing brought in, and many will soon be a part of our govern­ment, help us to make Amer­ica great again.”

Ab­sent from his ad­dress were some of his more con­tro­ver­sial day-one pol­icy pro­pos­als.

Through­out his cam­paign, Trump promised that he would re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act, com­monly known as Oba­macare, and build a wall along the south­ern bor­der be­tween the US and Mex­ico.

How­ever, Trump had soft­ened his tone on Oba­macare, and said he would be open to keep­ing some parts of the health­care law.

Sim­i­larly, while he still in­sisted that he will build a wall on the bor­der, he ad­mit­ted that a por­tion of the struc­ture would be a fence.

He did not clar­ify whether he would re­place the mil­i­tarised wall and fence that cur­rently ex­ists along the 3,000km bound­ary.

Still, he did not stray from his prom­ise to de­port mil­lions of unau­tho­rised im­mi­grants in the US.

“What we are go­ing to do is get the peo­ple that are crim­i­nal and have crim­i­nal records, gang mem­bers, drug deal­ers, where a lot of th­ese peo­ple, prob­a­bly two mil­lion, it could be even three mil­lion. We are get­ting them out of the coun­try or we are go­ing to in­car­cer­ate,” he told 60 Min­utes.

“Be we’re get­ting them out of the coun­try, they’re here il­le­gally.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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