Leaked Podesta Emails Show Campaign Staff Saying That Clinton's Opposition To The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Deal Would Be "A Huge Flip Flop"
In October 2015, Campaign Operative Ron Klain Asserted That Clinton "Has To Be For TPP" Because "She Called It The 'Gold Standard' Of Trade Agreements" And That Opposing It Would Be "A Huge Flip Flop." "*She has to be for TPP*. She called it the 'gold standard' of trade agreements. I think opposing that would be a huge flip flop. She can say that as President she would work to change it. She can say that it can be better. But I think she should support it." (Ron Klain Email To Jake Sullivan, "Re: TPP & Glass Steagall," John Podesta Wikileaks, 10/3/15)
Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan Agreed With Klain's Assertion. "I agree with you on TPP but others (including on this email!) feel strongly to the contrary." (Jake Sullivan Email To Senior Clinton Staff And Ron Klain, "Re: TPP & Glass Steagall," John Podesta Wikileaks, 10/3/15)
Campaign Manager Robby Mook Said Supporting "TPP Would Be Lethal With Labor," Saying The Campaign Would Lose Support From The American Federation Of State, County And Municipal Employees (AFSCME) And The Service Employees International Union (SEIU). "TPP would be lethal with labor. We'd loose [sic] afscme and likely seiu as well." (Robby Mook Email To Jake Sullivan, "Re: TPP & Glass Steagall," John Podesta Wikileaks, 10/3/15)
As Secretary Of State, Clinton Called TPP "The Gold Standard" Of Trade Agreements
In November 2012, Clinton Called TPP The "Gold Standard" In Trade Agreements, Saying It Includes "Strong Protections For Workers." CLINTON: "So it's fair to say that our economies are entwined, and we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Australia is a critical partner. 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." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Techport Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, 11/15/12)
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