Hillary Clinton: I Totally Oppose That Trade Agreement I Negotiated In 2012

Hillary Clinton: I Totally Oppose That Trade Agreement I Negotiated In 2012

Despite referring to it as the "gold standard" for trade agreements in 2012, Hillary Clinton says she now opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told CNN today that she opposes a global trade deal she helped negotiate as Secretary of State. Clinton’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is all the more striking since she listed its negotiation as one of her key accomplishments in public office.

In her 2014 book “Hard Choices,” Clinton wrote that TPP was “important for American workers, who would benefit from competing on a more level playing field. And it was a strategic initiative that would strengthen the position of the United States in Asia.”

And in 2012, while she was still serving as Obama’s Secretary of State, Clinton heaped lavish praise on TPP, calling it the “gold standard” for trade agreements.

“This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field,” Clinton remarked during an official trip to Australia in November of 2012, just weeks after Obama was re-elected. “And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world’s total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment.”

According to recent polls, Hillary Clinton’s lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) in Iowa has nearly evaporated. She now trails Sanders in New Hampshire by double-digits.

Sean Davis is the co-founder of The Federalist.
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