President Donald Trump signed an executive order ending U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership [“ ‘The time for trivial fights is behind us,’ ” News, March 1].
This is a trade agreement to extend restrictive intellectual property laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on enforcement. Joining the TPP was one of President Barack Obama’s signature efforts to increase U.S. clout in Asia and provide a check on China’s economic and military ambitions.
Trump, however, has stated that the TPP was a “potential disaster.”
Pulling out of TPP might cause international mistrust of the United States, including fears that we could drop out of other international pacts, like NATO. Trump is rattling international alliances created over many years. He must look at the long-term consequences on world partners before breaking these international ties.
The United States needs to be involved globally to keep its world ties and remain a world power.
Justin Ruggeberg, Huntington