Trump, who took office last Friday, reiterated on Thursday he would strike numerous bilateral deals, as opposed to multilateral accords like the TPP.
Japan had led the push for TPP as a counterweight to China's power in the region.
In an interview with the Handelsblatt newspaper to appear on Tuesday, Gabriel said, "If Trump starts a trade war with Asia and South America, it will open opportunities for us."
President also signs executive orders declaring a federal hiring freeze and banning NGOs from performing overseas abortions if they receive federal funds.
Chinese president Xi Jinping says the country will 'open more' to the outside world; New Zealand PM says China will fill any void created by Trump.
Our age of global supply chains and online commerce renders borders obsolete, the president writes. The solution isn't to isolate ourselves—it's to lead trade policy worldwide.
Sanders backers did prevail in an effort to add support for a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage to the party platform.
Clinton's opposition to the deal reflects the Democratic Party's shift to the left and the changing politics of trade in both parties.
"I am afraid this deal appears to fall woefully short," said Republican Senator Orrin Hatch.
The short answer: a giant trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other nations. The long answer: We don't know.
The president’s social media launch went smoothly enough.