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Trump Meets with Labor Leaders at White House

Donald Trump
Posted at 4:50 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 16:50:00-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is telling union leaders that he is redoing the nation's trade deals "to put a lot of people back to work."

Trump convened a meeting of about a dozen labor leaders Monday at the White House.

He noted that he earlier in the day signed a memorandum announcing the United States' intention to withdraw from the multi-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trump also said he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement "at the appropriate time" and said he wanted future deals to be between just two countries.

The president repeated his campaign criticism of the current agreements, saying it was "inconceivable this was allowed to happen." He has blamed the trade deals for a decline in American manufacturing jobs.