UNITED NATIONS – Hillary Clinton told a member of Congress she would turn her back on union members and support the Trans-Pacific Partnership once she is elected, according to the latest emails released by WikiLeaks.
A Clinton campaign memo reveals that Hillary Clinton told Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, that Clinton was only pretending to oppose TPP in order to get union support but would sign it when she was president.
Rep. Johnson, an early Clinton supporter, told constituents in her Dallas district that she speaks with Hillary Clinton several times a week, and the presidential nominee told her that the only reason she opposes TPP is to get “labor off her back” and that once she is elected president she would reverse position.
This fits with Hillary’s earlier confession to bankers that she has a public position and a private position on every issue.
The biggest victim in this latest Clinton bait and switch will be the millions of Americans whose jobs will be sent overseas. TPP will destroy what is left of an American manufacturing base that has been devastated over the past 15 years by three other bad Clinton trade deals: 1993’s NAFTA, China’s 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization and the 2012 South Korea deal.
This is not the first time the Clintons have pretended to oppose job-killing trade deals before an election and then pushed them afterward.
When Hillary announced her public opposition to TPP, she carefully hedged her words to leave the door open to support it down the road. Sen. Tim Kaine told “Meet The Press” a President-elect Hillary Clinton would “never close the door” on a multinational Asian trade deal. Asked to disavow supporting a version of the TPP after the election, Kaine said, “We’re not sure yet.”
In 1992, Bill Clinton opposed NAFTA before the election. But after the election, he made cosmetic changes to the pact, declared it fixed and pushed it through Congress.
In her 2008 presidential run, Hillary said she opposed the then-pending free trade agreements with Colombia and South Korea, declaring, “I will do everything I can to urge the Congress to reject the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.”
In a 2015 interview with Nevada public television [11:29 mark], Hillary pointed to the South Korea trade deal as an example of how she would make superficial changes to the TPP and sign it. “When President Obama came in and I came in, we’re presented with this free trade agreement [with Korea] and we say it’s not strong enough. … We can’t go forward with it unless there are changes – that is the kind of negotiation I am proposing [with TPP].”
After some superficial changes were made, Secretary Clinton helped push the Korea trade pact through Congress, promising it would create 70,000 jobs and boost exports. In reality, the trade deficit with Korea surged $15.4 billion (99 percent). The increase in the trade deficit with Korea cost more than 100,000 American jobs in the first four years of the free trade agreement. The surge of imports of auto parts and vehicles from Korea hit the auto industry particularly hard.
WikiLeaks confirms what we have always known: Hillary Clinton has a public position and a private position on everything, and if elected, she will sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership into law.
She said so herself. And for once, we can take her at her word.
Donald Trump is the only candidate who opposes the TPP and will make sure it is never signed into law.
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