Trump signs order calling for review of trade deals

Trump signs order calling for review of trade deals
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE on Saturday signed an executive order directing his administration to review trade agreements for possible abuses, as well as the United States’ membership in World Trade Organization.

Flanked by Vice President Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossHouse chairman threatens to find Justice official in contempt of Congress DOJ rejects Oversight subpoena unless agency lawyer is permitted to attend Third judge blocks citizenship question from 2020 census MORE, the president signed the order in Camp Hill, Pa., after touring the Ames True Temper Tool Company.

"We've taken unprecedented action to bring back American jobs, American wealth and American dreams, and we are just getting started," Trump said ahead of the signing.

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The executive order signing comes as Trump is set to appear at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa., to mark his 100th day in office.

The order gives Ross 180 days to conduct a review of whether the country’s free trade agreements have been economically beneficial for the U.S.

On the campaign trail, Trump frequently assailed international trade deals, vowing to renegotiate or withdraw the U.S. from multilateral trade deals that for decades have been cornerstones of global economics.

Days after taking office, Trump formally abandoned the U.S. intent to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the sweeping trade agreement signed under the Obama administration last year.

Earlier this week, Trump threatened to withdraw from NAFTA, before ultimately agreeing to renegotiate the deal with Canada and Mexico.