The U.S. is focused on its trade deficit with Vietnam now that the two countries are no longer linked through a Pacific trade pact rejected by President Donald Trump, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink said.

Inking energy, aviation, and defense deals in particular could have a “meaningful impact” as Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing markets for U.S. exports, Kritenbrink told Bloomberg Law Dec. 6

But the U.S. envoy also pushed Hanoi to ease up on two policies...