Trump does not like the deals because he thinks they will hurt American workers and undercut US companies. His stance on trade is protectionist: he has vowed to shield Americans from the effects of globalised trade by slapping hefty tariffs on cheap Chinese imports of up to 45pc.
He has even talked of getting ride of Nafta, the North American Free Trade Area, and questioned the US’ relationship with the World Trade Organisation.
He fears previously protected sectors in the US could be subject to liberalised rules that will disadvantage them. Many American states have “buy American” policies, and would put up a fight at the idea of TTIP overruling these.
Trump also wants to appoint “tough and smart trade negotiators to fight on behalf of American workers”.
On TTP, specifically, he says:
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership will undermine our economy, and it will undermine our independence. The TPP creates a new international commission that makes decisions the American people can’t veto, making it easier for our trading competitors to ship cheap subsidised goods into US markets – while allowing foreign countries to continue putting barriers in front of our exports.
“The TPP lowers tariffs on foreign cars, while leaving in place the foreign practices that keep American cars from being sold overseas. The TPP even creates a backdoor for China to supply car parts for automobiles made in Mexico.”
That said, in an interview with CNBC in August, Trump qualified his stance on global trade, saying: “The fact that I’m negotiating trade will mean that we’re going to make good trade deals.
“But we are absolutely going to keep trading. I am not an isolationist. And they probably think I am. I’m not at all. I’m a free trader. I want free trade, but it’s got to be fair trade. It’s got to be good deals for the United States.”