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 TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 RossBipartisan senators ask congressional leadership to extend census deadline NOAA hurricane forecast predicts record number of storms in 2020 33K laptops meant for Alabama distance learning are stuck in customs, could be held until October 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.