President Trump has directed his top economic and trade advisers to look into the potential benefits of re-entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade agreement that he withdrew the U.S. from in one of his first acts as president
Trump told a group of Republican senators during a meeting Thursday that he had assigned National Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer “the task of taking another look at TPP,” Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, told reporters following the meeting.
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a leading critic of the administration’s trade policy, said Trump told the room “multiple times” that he was deputizing Lighthizer and Kudlow to review re-entry into TPP.
“Clearly it’s a deliberative process and the president is somebody who likes to blue sky a lot, [but] he multiple times reaffirmed the idea that TPP would be easier for us to join now,” Sasses said.
According to the Nebraska Republican, Trump turned to Kudlow during the meeting and said, “Larry,. go get it done.”