President Trump announced that he will formally withdraw the country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries. The United States had previously signed on to the TPP, but the bill to enshrine the partnership into law was going nowhere due to strong opposition by Democratic senators at the urging of environmental, labor, faith-based, and other public interest groups. The true test for Trump on trade, however, isn’t whether he withdraws from the already-defunct TPP but whether he secures agreements that put the environment, working families, and healthy communities first. There are no indications so far that he plans to forge trade agreements that would protect Americans from climate damages or other types of environmental destruction.
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