Trump to order a study on abuses of U.S. trade agreements

WASHINGTON, April 28 - President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Saturday seeking to identify any problems caused by the nation's existing trade agreements, including an examination of U.S. involvement in the World Trade Organization, a top trade official said.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said his department would work to issue a report in 180 days outlining challenges with these trade deals and possible solutions.

Ross singled out the World Trade Organization as an entity that may need to make some changes, although he cautioned that the administration had not made any decisions yet.

"There's always the potential for amending organization's charters like the WTO, particularly when you're in the position we are," he said. "We're the number one importer in the whole world."

Related: All the executive orders Trump has signed so far

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May 1, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of the American Technology Council

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April 29, 2017

Presidential Executive Order Addressing Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses

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April 29, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Establishment of Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy

(Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

April 28, 2017

Presidential Executive Order Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy

(Photo by Eric Thayer-Pool/Getty Images)

April 27, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs

(Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg)

April 26, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Statutory Prohibitions on Federal Control of Education

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April 26, 2017 

Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act

(Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

April 25, 2017 

Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America

(Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

April 21, 2017 

Presidential Executive Order on Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

April 18, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American

(Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

March 31, 2017

Presidential Executive Order Regarding the Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits

(REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

March 31, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice

(REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

March 29, 2017

Presidential Executive Order Establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

(REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

March 28, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

(Photo by Ron Sach-Pool/Getty Images)

March 27, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders

(Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

March 13, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch

(REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

March 6, 2017

Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

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February 24, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda

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February 9, 2017

Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice

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February 9, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking

(REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)

February 9, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers

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February 9, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on a Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety

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February 3, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System

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January 30, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs

(REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

January 28, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Ethics Commitments By Executive Branch Appointees

(Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

January 27, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

January 25, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

(Chip Somodevilla/Pool via Bloomberg)

January 25, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

(Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

January 24, 2017

Presidential Executive Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects

(Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

January 20, 2017

Presidential Executive Order on Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal

(REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

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Ross raised concerns that the WTO is too bureaucratic and does not hold meetings often enough. He also argued that the WTO has an "institutional bias" in favor of exporters and against countries that are being "beleaguered by inappropriate imports."

Remaking U.S. trade relations has been a top priority for Trump, who has argued that the United States has been treated unfairly in international trade.

Trump said on Thursday that he had been prepared to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico, but backed off after calls from the leaders of those two countries.

The effects of NAFTA on the U.S. economy will also be examined in the new study.

Last month, Trump also issued an order calling for a major review of the causes of all U.S. trade deficits.

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