President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama are working to secure fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
The White House announced Thursday that the two leaders had agreed on a plan to begin negotiations for fast-tracking trade promotion authorities, or TPA.
But the White House cautioned that a deal will still have to be negotiated.
Trump, who signed the deal last year, told reporters at the White’s Residence that it was not “dead yet” and that the White Houses goal is to get the agreement done in a short period of time.
“We’ll get to fast track this week,” Trump said.
“We’re going to get it done.”
But White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the president had yet to decide whether to seek TPA for his own trade agenda or for the TPP.
Sanders said it was up to Trump and other negotiators to determine how quickly the trade deal should be finalized.
Sanders also said that the trade talks would be in addition to the NAFTA negotiations, which began in November and are now expected to conclude by December.
Negotiators are also expected to continue negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes Mexico and Canada, a deal that the Obama administration pushed for as a first step toward renegotiating the North America Free Trade Area.