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President Trump says military strike in Syria underway

15 April 2018

In his Twitter post, which came during Asian trading hours, Trump said the United States would "only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama".

This story is still developing, we will bring you more details as they become available. And we'll have to negotiate all of that with 11 countries when we're not at the table. "And we pray that God will continue to watch over and bless the United States of America".

Mattis said there were "no reports of losses" on the part of US and allied forces participating in the strike, which included manned aircraft. "Providing a deterrence against the continued use of these weapons is in the vital national security interest of the United States, and I pray that our men and women of the armed forces execute their mission safely tonight".

At this time there are no reports of American losses.

Russian officials condemned the USA -led airstrikes on three sites in Syria early Saturday, calling the attacks "treacherous and insane" and a "clear and present danger to world peace".

A Canadian government official said on Thursday there had not been any formal outreach from the United States about the pact.

Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the USA, said, "We are being threatened". They'd gain a lot from the lower tariffs mandated by TPP. It wants to toughen requirements for how much of the product is made within a participating country, which could make the goods less competitive. That decision unnerved the fast-growing USA marijuana industry, which has been legalized in more than half of all states. But many other companies that are exporting goods from Vietnam rely heavily on imports from China.

Vietnamese officials did not respond to requests for comment Friday.

Looking around our very troubled world, Americans have no illusions.

Renegotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership may not be quick.

Trump said his recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports would have no exemptions for allied countries.

China is making its own outreach efforts in the meantime.

The U.S., United Kingdom and France are all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members.

Even before Trump's official withdrawal previous year, U.S. participation in the pact was seen as increasingly unlikely due to opposition in the U.S. Congress. Just weeks ago, Trump said he wanted to end USA involvement in Syria and bring American troops home to focus on the homeland.

One lingering question would be how China would react.

Rejoining the pact could be a complex task.

Marking one of the amazingly few times Mr.Trump has told the truth, he made good on the trade threats he made as a candidate and, knowing the risks of alienating major agricultural trade partners, farmers overwhelmingly supported a candidate they knew could further worsen an already hard agriculture economy. The deal was intended partly to safeguard against China's rising economic dominance in Asia.

"We should stay the hell out of Syria", he tweeted at the time.

KING: Robert Holleyman was deputy US trade representative in the Obama administration.

"TPP isn't really about trade", Murray said.

Still, even USA allies suggest a long road ahead if Trump moves forward. And Jacinda Arden, the prime minister of New Zealand, said that "it's not just a matter of slotting into an existing deal" and the USA rejoining would "trigger another process of engagement and negotiation". "It's not just a matter of slotting into an existing deal".

President Trump says military strike in Syria underway