Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of flip-flopping on trade in a testy exchange during Monday night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University.
Clinton admitted she was initially for the Trans-Pacific Partnership but later changed her mind after the deal was put together.
“You called it the gold standard!” Trump interrupted. “You said it’s the finest deal you’ve ever seen.”
“I know you live in your own reality,” Clinton shot back, “But that is not the facts. The facts are that I did say I hoped it would be a good deal, but when it was negotiated, which I was not responsible for, I concluded it wasn’t.”
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Trump also got personal, referencing former President Bill Clinton signing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“Your husband signed NAFTA, which is one of the worst things that ever happened,” Trump said.
“That is your opinion,” Clinton replied.
TPP would be the biggest trade deal in U.S. history and is clearly important to President Barack Obama and his legacy. However, both Trump and Clinton have rejected the deal, calling it a job killer.
Obama has argued the U.S. must accept that it’s part of a “global economy” and international supply chains are vital to jobs and the economy.
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