Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton attempted to distance herself from the controversial TPP trade deal during the first presidential debate Monday.
Republican nominee Donald Trump attempted to say Clinton was all for the trade deal, to which Clinton replied, “That is not accurate. I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out. I wrote …”
Tump interrupted, “You called it the gold standard. You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it was the finest deal you’ve ever seen. You heard what I said about it and you were against it.”
Clinton concluded, “Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts. The facts are 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.”
Clinton spoke out in favor of TPP at least 45 times, according to a statement published by the Republican National Committee. “Clinton was one of the leading drivers of the TPP when Secretary of State. Here are 45 instances when she approvingly invoked the trade bill about which she is now expressing concerns,” Jake Tapper said on CNN last summer.
Clinton did in fact call the TPP deal the “gold standard” in 2012.
“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. 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.”
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