Administration of Donald J. Trump, 2017

Memorandum on Withdrawal of the United States From the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement

January 23, 2017

Memorandum for the United States Trade Representative

Subject: Withdrawal of the United States From the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement

It is the policy of my Administration to represent the American people and their financial well-being in all negotiations, particularly the American worker, and to create fair and economically beneficial trade deals that serve their interests. Additionally, in order to ensure these outcomes, it is the intention of my Administration to deal directly with individual countries on a one-on-one (or bilateral) basis in negotiating future trade deals. Trade with other nations is, and always will be, of paramount importance to my Administration and to me, as President of the United States.

Based on these principles, and by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct you to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to permanently withdraw the United States from TPP negotiations, and to begin pursuing, wherever possible, bilateral trade negotiations to promote American industry, protect American workers, and raise American wages.

You are directed to provide written notification to the Parties and to the Depository of the TPP, as appropriate, that the United States withdraws as a signatory of the TPP and withdraws from the TPP negotiating process.

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.


[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:15 a.m., January 24, 2017]

NOTE: This memorandum was published in the Federal Register on January 25.

Categories: Communications to Federal Agencies : Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and agreement, U.S. withdrawal, memorandum.

Subjects: Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

DCPD Number: DCPD201700064.