Donald Trump has officially killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the controversial trade deal that became a lightning rod for critics on the left and right during the election campaign.
Following a meeting with a dozen executives from US manufacturers on Monday, Trump signed an executive order formally ending the US’s participation in the TPP.
While the move was largely symbolic – leading Republicans and Democrats had both come out against the deal – it underlined the Trump administration’s determination to end decades of White House support for increased free trade.
The president and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders both attacked TPP, a free trade agreement among the US and 11 other countries, on the campaign trail. Sanders praised Trump’s decision, saying TPP is “dead and gone”.
“Now is the time to develop a new trade policy that helps working families, not just multinational corporations,” Sanders said in a statement. “If President Trump is serious about a new policy to help American workers then I would be delighted to work with him.”