New Zealand wary of Trump’s Pacific trade U-turn

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Zealand remains wary of President Donald Trump’s apparent U-turn on a Pacific trade deal, after Trump said the U.S. is considering rejoining an 11-nation trade pact it earlier withdrew from.

New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker says it isn’t clear yet “how real it is” given the differing views about the deal held within the U.S. administration. Parker says New Zealand is open to the idea of the U.S. joining but “it remains theoretical at this point.”

Parker says New Zealand is aware of the benefits of having free trade with the world’s largest economy.

New Zealand already has a separate trade deal with the world’s second-largest economy, China.

Parker says other countries have also expressed an interest in joining the Pacific pact, including Colombia, South Korea and Britain.