President Trump said the United States will not rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership multi-country trade deal, sparing himself the outrage of voters who elected him to keep the United States out of globalist commitments.
While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don’t like the deal for the United States. Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesn’t work. Bilateral deals are far more efficient, profitable and better for OUR workers. Look how bad WTO is to U.S.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
Trump had reportedly been reconsidering his decision, among the first of his presidency, to withdraw the United States from the agreement. I’m willing to bet that thinking was driven at least in part by his newly installed National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, who holds traditional Republican views on trade and multi-state deals.
Anyway, Trump heard from people, including probably himself, that kept him on track with his innate populism – and with the voter base he needs to be reelected.