PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has said he would not pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership unless the U.S. Congress gave him the legal authority to do so.
Key points:Trump said the TPP would “defend the American way of life” and “protect the American worker”But his comments come after weeks of intense criticism of the deal by many in Congress and the White HouseTrump said he was still not ruling out withdrawing from the deal in response to the growing opposition to it.
He said on NBC’s “Today” show that he was also still considering “other options.”
“I’m not saying I’m not going through with that.
But it would be a big deal,” Trump said.”
It’s a bad deal.
I’ve said it, I’m saying it,” Trump added.”
I don’t know what they’re going to do, and I don’t care.
I have nothing to do with them.”
He said he planned to meet with his cabinet members and the president and vice president about the trade agreement, and he was “still weighing” what to do about it.
But he did not provide a timetable for the talks, nor did he provide any specifics about what would happen in the event he did pull out.
“The fact is, it’s been going on for 10 years.
It’s been negotiated over and over again,” he said.
Trump said there were several ways for the U and the U-2 spy plane to continue operating in the Pacific.
“You can have it on the ground.
You can have the U 2 there.
It could be at Joint Base Andrews, it could be in Guam,” he added.
Asked about the possibility of a strike against China if the U.-2 were to go missing, Trump said that he would be “totally opposed” to that.
“As far as I’m concerned, that’s not something we’re talking about.
But we’ll see what happens,” he continued.”
China has done some pretty horrible things.
They have done some really horrible things,” he concluded.”
We have to protect our country.
We have to make sure that the United Kingdom, the United France, and all our allies and partners in the region, as well, have a strong military,” Trump concluded.
He is due to meet later this week with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, among others.
In his first full foreign trip, Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, who will be in New York for a meeting with President Trump on Thursday.
Earlier this week, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that Trump has “never expressed a desire” to withdraw the United State from the agreement, though he has previously called the deal a “disaster for our country.”
“We will not make that decision lightly.
This is a bad trade deal.
It has a terrible track record,” Spicer said.
“And it has been negotiated for 10, 15 years.
And it’s not going anywhere.”