McCain disappointed with Trump withdrawal from TPP

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe bully who pulls the levers of Trump's mind never learns GOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News MORE (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE's pledge to pull out of an Obama administration trade deal is predictable but disappointing.  

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"The President-elect’s announcement that he intends to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, though anticipated, is still a disappointment to those of us who still believe in free trade and the importance of America’s strategic role in the Asia-Pacific region," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. 
 
He added that Trump's decision to pull out of the trade deal, which is already expected to die on the vine in this year's lame-duck session, will help strengthen China's influence in the region. 
 
"Already, China is intensifying its push for a new regional trade agreement, which excludes the United States," he said. “America and the world paid a heavy price in the 1920s and 1930s when we tried to isolate ourselves from the world, including through disastrous protectionist policies." 
 
Trump rolled out a video Monday outlining his plan for the first 100 days of his administration and calling the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a "potential disaster for our country." In the video he said he would "issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership" immediately upon taking office and replace it with negotiating "fair, bilateral trade deals."
 
"I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here, in our great homeland: America — creating wealth and jobs for American workers," Trump said in the video. 
 
Trump took a hardline on trade during the campaign, saying he didn't support the TPP and would try to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Top congressional Democrats have also signaled they don't support the TPP deal and believe it needs to be renegotiated. 
 
GOP leadership, while noting the TPP doesn't have the votes to pass, has also signaled broad support for trade deals. 
 
McCain echoed that Tuesday and warned that Americans would face blowback from Trump's decision to pull back from the 12-country trade deal. 
 
"America must press forward with a positive trade agenda in the Asia-Pacific that will keep American workers and companies competitive in one of the most economically vibrant and fastest-growing regions in the world," McCain said. "But have no doubt, withdrawing from TPP will have serious consequences for American workers and American national security.”
 
His comments come after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called a TPP agreement without U.S. involvement "meaningless."