Trump TPP trial balloon is a disaster

April 12, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Donald Trump not to reenter the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement:

“President Donald Trump made it clear well before his candidacy in 2015 that he opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it a bad, bad deal. One of his first acts as President was to withdraw from the TPP to the applause of the American people because it did not put America first. The White House’s reported reconsideration of this withdrawal would be a disaster both for our nation and for President Trump, who won the election promising to get out of this deal. This sovereignty-killing globalist dream pact embodies everything that the President has opposed throughout his political life, and there is simply no margin to reenter it.

“Bilateral trade deals make sense. But multilateral deals that includes larger economies like Japan and third world nations like Malaysia are absurd on their face. It’s easier to negotiate these one by one. President Trump is right when he says that trade deals need to be fair and reciprocal. He is also right when he points to currency manipulation as a tool used by advanced economies as another non-tariff barrier and trade imbalance. Reentering TPP today addresses neither of these concerns and is still a bad, bad deal, and the President must just say no.”


Trump anti-TPP radio spot, May 6, 2015 at

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