Trump: US to quit TPP trade deal on first day in office

Donald Trump

He made the announcement in a video message outlining what he intends to do first when he takes office in January reports the BBC.

The TPP trade deal was signed by 12 countries which together cover 40 per cent of the world’s economy.

The Republican also pledged to reduce “job-killing restrictions” on coal production and stop visa abuses.

But there was no mention of repealing Obamacare or building a wall on the southern border with Mexico, two actions he said during the campaign he would do on day one.

His surprise election win two weeks ago has sparked protests across the US.

On Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the TPP trade deal would be meaningless without the involvement of the US.