Donald Trump, exploring a run for president in 2016, is now starring in radio ads across the country that criticize President Obama and the Republicans who support his desire for fast track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
The radio ad, shared first with The Daily Caller, is being produced by the group Americans for Limited Government. The organization is spending six figures to run the ad in New Hampshire and South Carolina starting Thursday, and nationally starting Monday.
“While I’m a Republican, right now, some in the Republican Party are working overtime to hand more power to President Obama,” Trump says in the ad. “These same people are turning their backs on the American workers and businesses. It’s unbelievable.”
“I learned a long time ago, a bad deal is far worse than no deal at all,” Trump continues. “And the Obama Trans-Pacific Partnership and fast track are a bad, bad deal for American businesses, for workers, for taxpayers. It’s a huge set of hand outs for a few insiders that don’t even care about our great, great America. Congress has to stand up and defeat this raw power grab. With the dismal Obama track record, why should a Republican Congress give him more power and gut the Constitution to do it? It’s just crazy. Tell your congressmen and senators, vote no on fast track.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a proposed free trade deal between 11 countries, including the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
“Yet again, the politicians are allowing our president to reinforce the lack of respect countries like China and Japan now have for the United States,” Trump said in a statement provided to TheDC. “They will devalue their currency, exploit our trade agreements, continue to destroy our economy and put Americans out of work. Politicians are all talk and no action. Instead of fast tracking TPP, Congress should pass legislation that holds China and Japan accountable for currency manipulation. This would send a message to the world that there are consequences for cheating the United States. It’s time for action. It’s time to Make America Great Again!”
Trump — the New York businessman who has often flirted with running for president though has never actually run — announced in March that he is formally exploring a run for president.
Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government said of the ad campaign: “This is a game changer in the debate over fast track trade authority. Mr. Trump’s business acumen and expertise makes him a unique and powerful voice whom America trusts to tell them the truth.”