At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden --
Shortly after Donald Trump made good on one of his core
campaign promises on Monday morning by signing an executive order
formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
free-trade deal, Trump told labor union leaders that he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement "at the appropriate time."
The remarks came at the start of a meeting at the White
House with leaders of construction, carpenters, plumbers and sheet metal
unions, during which Trump pledged to stop trade deals that harmed
According to the White House, participants included North
America's Building Trades Unions President Sean McGarvey, Laborers'
International Union of North America President Terry O'Sullivan, SMART
sheet metal workers' union President Joseph Sellers, United Brotherhood
of Carpenters President Doug McCarron and Mark McManus, president of the
United Association that represents plumbers, pipefitters, welders and
others. The union meeting also included several local union officials
and follows a gathering of 12 chief executives of large companies at the
White House to discuss revitalizing the U.S. manufacturing economy.