Will withdraw from TPP, probe work visa abuses, vows Donald Trump

Calling the trade deal a ‘potential disaster’, prez-elect says his agenda is putting America first

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence pose with investor Wilbur Ross (left) at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse. Pic/AP/PTIPresident-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence pose with investor Wilbur Ross (left) at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse. Pic/AP/PTI

Washington: US President-elect Donald Trump yesterday vowed to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the world’s largest trade deal, on his first day in office and investigate “abuses” of work visa programmes that undercut American workers, as he outlined his policy plans for the first 100 days in the White House.

Trump, in his first video-message after being elected as the President of the US to succeed Barack Obama, described the TPP as a “potential disaster” for America and said he will quit the deal on the first day in office on January 20.

He also highlighted concrete steps that he will take to “drain the swamp” in Washington DC and put America first by focusing on the issues of trade, energy, regulation, national security, immigration and ethics reform.

“My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: putting America first. Whether it’s producing steel, building cars, or curing disease, I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here, in our great homeland: America creating wealth and jobs for American workers,” Trump said.

“As part of this plan, I’ve asked my transition team to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one to restore our laws and bring back our jobs. It’s about time,” he said, listing out some of the key steps that he would take.

“On trade, I am going to issue our notification of intent to withdraw from the TPP, a potential disaster for our country. Instead, we will negotiate fair, bilateral trade deals that bring jobs and industry back onto American shores,” Trump said.

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