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Trump To Sign Orders To Renegotiate NAFTA, Pull Out Of TPP

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Trump To Sign Orders To Renegotiate NAFTA, Pull Out Of TPP

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ASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump could sign an executive order as early as Monday intended to renegotiate the free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, NBC News reported, citing an unidentified White House official.

In addition to wanting to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the new Republican president also intends to sign an executive order pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), NBC reported.

Trump, who was sworn in as the 45th U.S. president on Friday, targeted both trade pacts during his White House campaign.

Officials were not immediately available to confirm the report to Reuters. Trump’s official schedule includes a 10:30 a.m. EST (1530 GMT) signing of executive orders in the Oval Office.

The president said on Sunday he planned talks soon with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to begin renegotiating NAFTA.

“We will be starting negotiations having to do with NAFTA,” Trump said at a swearing-in ceremony for his top White House advisers. “We are going to start renegotiating on NAFTA, on immigration and on security at the border.”

Trump said during the campaign he wanted to secure more favorable terms for the United States in the NAFTA pact.

NAFTA, which took effect in 1994, and other trade deals became lightning rods for voter anger in the U.S. industrial heartland states that swept Trump to victory.

CNN reported the first executive action Trump intended to sign was to pull out of the TPP, the trade agreement among 11 Pacific Rim countries that Democratic President Barack Obama strongly backed but was never ratified by the Republican-controlled Congress.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Ayesha Rascoe; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jeffrey Benkoe)

IMAGE: U.S. President Donald Trump attends a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, DC January 22, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth January 23, 2017

    Like some mad dog stricken with rabies and suddenly unleashed, Trump has formally begun to inflict more instability on world affairs. Being completely oblivious to the stirrings of change set in motion by Baha’u’llah, and totally ignorant of the purpose of humanity as alluded to by all the previous Revelations and predictions of Their Messengers, Donald like a djinn(Arabic term metaphorically referring to evil spirits) has
    set himself loose to further upset the precarious stability in today’s world.

    Similar forces unleashed in the past in opposition to Moses, Buddha, Muhammad, Jesus, were eventually subdued and the chief architects of such opposition met with untimely and unfortunate personal tragedies.

    Is Donald and many in the GOP, Trump’s kindred spirits in Europe, those in Russia, China, Syria, and elsewhere slated for the same fate? I nor any other mortal can say for certain what Donald’s fate will be, nor in what manner of shape it will take. But if the past patterns hold true, and if Donald continues his mad rampage, then he will have to answer for his actions as those before him had to.

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