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McCain: Trump's TPP Action Allows Chinese Domination

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 10:47 AM

Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's executive order pulling the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership will empower China and will prove harmful to American interests.

"I have talked to leaders of Asian countries who have all said that this will cede the field to China," the Arizona Republican said during a "CBS This Morning" interview.

"That, to me, is not good for the United States of America. Over time, this will give the Chinese a greater domination economically and with some of their behavior patterns."

Sixty percent of the world's economy is in the Asia-Pacific region, said McCain, and the order leaves him concerned that the United States is "stepping back" rather than moving forward with Trump's action.

McCain also on Tuesday spoke about Trump's call for the United States to improve its relationships with Russia, saying to do so is fine. However, the senator said the new relations must happen through a position of strength, not by acknowledging or legitimizing Russian behavior.

He also called for the United States to make a stand against Russia's activities in Syria, where he pointed out Russian warplanes are killing thousands of people through targeted airstrikes of hospitals in Aleppo.

Also on Tuesday, McCain said he still has concerns about secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, but agrees that he's willing to give him a "full opportunity to act as our secretary of state in what I would argue is the most challenging times in 70 years."

On Monday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Tillerson and forwarded his nomination to the floor for a full Senate vote.

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Sen. John McCain said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's executive order pulling the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership will empower China and will prove harmful to American interests.
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