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Trump hasn't taken office yet, but he's already affecting U.S. policy

President-elect Donald Trump stands with Reince Priebus, who was recently named Trump's chief of staff, during an election victory rally, Wednesday in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President-elect Donald Trump won't take office for more than two months, but he's already had a major effect on United States policy. President Barack Obama announced that he has taken the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal off the table after the election of Trump, sensing that Republicans in Congress will refuse to act on it given Trump's strong anti-TPP rhetoric on the campaign trail.

The TPP is a sprawling and complex trade deal that has received generally positive reviews from conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the libertarian Cato Institute. It has likewise garnered the support of several liberal think tanks, including the Brookings Institute. When it was initially raised in Congress, it enjoyed broad bipartisan approval.

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