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Trump asks staff to look at new talks on trade deal he killed last year:President Trump told aides to look again at re-entering negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a massive Asia-heavy trade deal that Trump repeatedly denounced on the 2016 campaign trail and had killed just last year, Republican lawmakers said Thursday.

GOP senators and governors from the Midwest, who met with Trump to argue that a looming trade war with China would hurt U.S. agriculture, said they told the president that partnering with other Asian countries would put pressure on the Chinese to end unfair trade practices.

Lawmakers did not know how seriously Trump was about seeking to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposal he attacked as the kind of trade deal that helped ship jobs overseas.

Trump withdrew the U.S. from the TPP negotiations shortly after taking office in early 2017, and has bragged during political rallies about killing the deal.

“Clearly, it’s a deliberative process,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., one of the Republicans who met with Trump.

The White House, meanwhile, said Trump has not changed his position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and there would have to be significant changes to the trade deal as proposed.

“Last year, the president kept his promise to end the TPP deal negotiated by the Obama Administration because it was unfair to American workers and farmers,” said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters. “The president has consistently said he would be open to a substantially better deal, including in his speech in Davos earlier this year.”

She said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Larry Kudlow, the new director of the National Economic Council, have been assigned “to take another look at whether or not a better deal could be negotiated.”

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Trump asks staff to look at new talks on trade deal he killed last year:President Trump told aides to look again at re-entering negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a massive Asia-heavy trade deal that Trump repeatedly denounced on the 2016 campaign trail and had killed just last year, Republican lawmakers said Thursday.