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Trump ‘won’t wait to act’ on trade pacts

Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Donald Trump will not wait for Congress to confirm his cabinet positions to act on his vows to withdraw from the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, a spokesman for the president-elect said Thursday.

Trump, who takes office as president on Friday, declared in November he would give notice of U.S. intent to withdraw from the TPP on “day one” of his presidency, terming it “a potential disaster for our country.”

Spicer told reporters Trump had said the moves would be made via executive order. “So I think you will see those happen very shortly,” Spicer added. “I don’t think he’s going to wait. He’s made it very clear that some of those things are huge priorities for him.”

An adviser to the Trump transition told Reuters last week that Trump would not revive TPP, which has yet to be ratified by the United States, but would quickly pursue bilateral trade agreements.Speech

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