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25 GOP Senators Urge Trump to Re-Join TPP Talks

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:40 PM

Twenty-Five Republican senators have asked President Donald Trump to jump back into Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, a year after the U.S. withdrew from the talks, The Hill reports.

The 25 GOP lawmakers reportedly sent a letter to Trump on Friday saying they support his recent comments that the U.S. may re-enter the talks if the 11-nation Asia-Pacific pact is improved.

Trump pulled out of the agreement last year, saying the deal, agreed to by former President Barack Obama, was a "disaster" for the United States.

"We encourage you to work aggressively to secure reforms that would allow the United States to join the agreement," the senators wrote, according to the Hill.

"Increased economic engagement with the 11 nations currently in TPP has the potential to substantially improve the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, support millions of U.S. jobs, increase U.S. exports, increase wages, fully unleash America's energy potential and benefit consumers," the letter said.

The other 11 nations announced in January they had reached an agreement on the deal without the U.S.

Nations in the deal include Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia and Malaysia.

"I would do TPP if we were able to make a substantially better deal," Trump reportedly told CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "The deal was terrible, the way it was structured was terrible. If we did a substantially better deal, I would be open to TPP."

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