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Hillary Clinton said during her economic policy speech in Warren, Michigan Thursday she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership and will as president. In an effort to take the issue off the table against Donald Trump, who strongly opposes foreign trade deals that hurt American workers, she said she would “stop any trade deal that kills jobs or holds down wages.”
“It is true that too often past trade deals have been sold to the American people with rosy scenarios that did not pan out,” she said about Trump’s charges that trade deals have wrecked American industry. “Enforcement –particularly during the Bush administration– has been too lax.”
Mrs. Clinton also said she would appoint a special trade prosecutor to handle complaints and compliance against countries that cheat on trade. However, critics immediately jumped on what they called the hypocrisy of the promise made during her economic policy address to the crowd.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton ally, said during the Democratic National Convention that Mrs. Clinton was just all talk regarding TPP. He said she will support the unpopular trade deal as president and has just changed her position based on popular opinion. The comment by the Virginia governor came less than 24 hours after her opponent said she would flip-flop on the issue if elected.
“My message to every worker in Michigan and across America is this: I will stop any trade deal that kills jobs or holds down wages, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” she said. “I oppose it now, I’ll oppose it after the election, and I’ll oppose it as president.”