Trump pulls US out of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

The move is a formality since the agreement had yet to receive required senate ratification

Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in the Oval Office on January 23, 2017. Ron Sachs/Pool via Bloomberg
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WASHINGTON // Donald Trump signed an executive order formally withdrawing the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday, following up on a promise from his election campaign.

The move is a formality since the agreement had yet to receive required senate ratification. Mr Trump called the order a “great thing for the American worker”.

In an Oval Office ceremony, Mr Trump also signed an order imposing a federal hiring freeze and a directive reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option.

The regulation has been something of a political football, instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democrats since 1984.

Most recently, president Barack Obama ended the ban in 2009.

* Reuters and Associated Press

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