Trump says he prefers bilateral trade deal with Japan

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Last week, the White House announced that Trump had asked the USA foreign trade representative Robert Lighthizer and the economic adviser Larry Kudlow to "take another look at whether or not a better deal (with the TPP) could be negotiated".

Although Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto attended the summit, Trump did not participate in person, citing recent developments in the Syrian crisis.

President Donald Trump has said he does not want the USA to rejoin the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - a trade pact he withdrew the U.S. from days after assuming presidency - but would reconsider his stance if offered a deal that is good for America.

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"We are doing [Section] 232 [of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962] on steel and aluminum and if we can come to an arrangement on a new deal between the United States and Japan, that would be certainly something we would discuss".

While his comments were welcomed by members of the trade bloc, ministers from countries including Japan, Australia and Malaysia said they opposed renegotiation of the deal to accommodate the USA should it decide to rejoin at a later date.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is created to open up free trade between the countries involved, making them less reliant on China. Trump had heavily criticized the TPP, the signature economic deal of the Obama administration, even calling it the "rape of our country" during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Mr. Abe said those negotiations have begun. I don't think he's medically unfit to be president. But if they offered us a deal I can't refuse on behalf of the United States, I would do it.

"We'll see how that goes", Kudlow said. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

"On the American side at the moment, it's more of a thought than a policy", Kudlow said, according to The Hill.

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States was prepared to sustain its pressure on Syria after a night of military strikes meant to cripple the country's ability to use chemical weapons, as Russian Federation accused Washington of "hooliganism" and a major breach of worldwide law. The president has been scheduled to play with golf with Abe.