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The Distilled Spirits Council has urged Donald Trump to secure fresh overseas trade deals as the new US president pulls the country out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

DISCUS, which represents spirits producers in the US, said trade negotiations are an important means to gaining access to foreign markets. Despite yesterday's TPP withdrawal, the group said it was looking forward to working with the Trump administration to expand access for US agricultural exports, including distilled spirits.

"Distilleries across the country benefit greatly from improved access to foreign consumers," the trade association said.

Yesterday, Trump signed an executive order pulling the US out of the TPP deal, an agreement he had previously criticised as not being in the country's national interest.

"Great thing for the American worker what we just did," Trump reportedly said as he signed the order.

Two weeks after he was elected, Trump said the removal of the US from the pact would be among his first actions upon taking office.

The TPP was negotiated in 2015 by countries including the US, Japan, Australia, Canada and Mexico. The aim of the agreement was to strengthen economic ties between the countries and boost growth by measures including the reduction of tariffs.

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