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 TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 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 RossTrump trade adviser pushes back on reports of US-China tariff deal China, US agree to reduce tariffs amid trade talks, Beijing says Income for poorest Americans fell faster than previously thought: study 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.