Trump to sign order on trade deals in Pa. Saturday

Trump to sign order on trade deals in Pa. Saturday
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE on Saturday will sign an executive order calling for his administration to analyze trade deals to look for abuses, Reuters reported Friday.

Trump will sign the order in Hampden, Pa., at the Ames True Temper Tool Company, according to WFMZ-TV. The signing comes as Trump marks his 100th day in office with a rally Saturday night in Harrisburg as well as a tour of nearby factories.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill Judge orders Trump administration stop 'winding down' census collection, processing efforts Animal rights group sues US government to prevent aquarium from acquiring 5 beluga whales MORE will be in Pennsylvania with Trump when he signs the order. Ross at a press conference said the order asks officials to complete a report on the trade agreements within 180 days.

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“I think everyone here is generally aware that we do have a big trade deficit,” said Ross. “It’s some $700 billion — not counting our trade surplus in services, just counting the trade deficit in goods.”


The order will also come several days after Trump decided not to terminate the North American Free Trade (NAFTA) “at this time” following calls with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.

Trump during his campaign and as president has railed against trade deals he argues hurt the American worker. 

The expected order will look at the United States’ membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in addition to NAFTA, Reuters said.