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Trump Just Took the US Out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

In one of a trio of executive orders he signed Monday, Donald Trump followed through on a campaign promise.

by Lauren Messman
Jan 23 2017, 7:47pm

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On Monday, Trump started off his first full week as president by signing a largely symbolic executive order that will withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, the Washington Post reports.

The agreement, which never went into effect due to congressional backlash, was mostly supported by the Obama administration and was a wide-ranging free trade agreement with 11 countries along the Pacific Rim. (Hillary Clinton initially backed TPP but came out against it during the campaign.) Trump has called the plan a "potential disaster" that would harm US workers and vowed to withdraw the country from the agreement during his campaign.

"We've been talking about this for a long time," Trump said Monday after meeting with various American CEOs. "Great thing for the American worker what we just did."

Trump also signed two others executive orders—one that will place a hiring freeze for all federal workers not in the military, and another that will reinstate a rule from the Reagan era that puts an end to federal funding for groups that provide or promote abortions in other countries.

We're tracking the laws and executive orders Trump signs in his first year in office. The updated list is here.