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Old April 14th, 2018, 05:02 PM   #1
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The Greatest Flip Flop Ever??

Republicans and Democrats who opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal forfeited a huge economic and geopolitical victory for the United States and our democratic allies in Asia. The deal would have cemented geopolitical ties with key countries, helped set rules of the road for international trade, opened up markets for U.S. businesses and given the United States leverage against China, which was excluded from the deal. No one played the anti-TPP card more frequently — as candidate or elected official — than Donald Trump.

It is fair to surmise that Trump had no idea what was in the TPP and could not identify anything specifically wrong with it. He only believed that because it was President Barack Obama’s deal it must be bad.

Who can forget this debate when Trump went on his nonsensical anti-TPP rant, only to be embarrassed when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) pointed out China was not part of the TPP.
Trump’s about-face was as stunning as it was inexplicable, Trump tried to downplay his flip-flop in a tweet Thursday night. “Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama. We already have BILATERAL deals with six of the eleven nations in TPP, and are working to make a deal with the biggest of those nations, Japan, who has hit us hard on trade for years!” One sure does get the sense that Trump’s opposition to the TPP would never had been so fierce if the Obama administration hadn’t been the one to do the deal.

More--much more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...=.9f993e869fa0
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Old April 14th, 2018, 05:11 PM   #2
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During a campaign stop in Ohio this summer, Trump said, "The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country, just a continuing rape of our country.”

I guess the Prez is okay with the "rape of our country" now...?
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Old April 14th, 2018, 05:19 PM   #3
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I don't see him being able to back into it in any way other than to just sign on as it has been written and agreed to by the other nations.

So much for his "improving" the deal.
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