Hillary Clinton opposes trade deal she promoted as secretary of state – The American Thinker


Hillary Clinton announced yesterday that she opposed the trans-Pacific trade deal completed last week, flip-flopping her position on the agreement that she heavily promoted as secretary of state.

Washington Post:

The now-united opposition from the Democratic presidential field leaves Obama in the uncomfortable position of watching a Democratic presidential debate next week in which none of the major candidates is willing to defend a deal that the White House sees as a key piece of his presidential legacy. The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord has enraged the labor unions, environmentalists and other liberal constituencies whose support is crucial in the Democratic primary contest.

Yet Clinton’s position marks a sharp reversal from a deal she backed as the Obama administration’s top diplomat as she works to appeal to skeptical liberals.

“I appreciate the hard work that President Obama and his team put into this process and recognize the strides they made,” Clinton said in a statement. “But the bar here is very high and, based on what I have seen, I don’t believe this agreement has met it.”

Clinton promoted the deal in dozens of appearances as secretary of state during Obama’s first term in office — a turnaround that was not lost on her primary opponents.

 “Secretary Clinton can justify her own reversal of opinion on this but I can tell you that I didn’t have one opinion eight months ago and then switch that opinion on the eve of debates,” said Clinton’s presidential rival, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Clinton’s support for trade deals has seemed to fluctuate with the political calendar.

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