Democratic Frontrunner Hillary Clinton has finally announced her opposition towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which was recently agreed upon by the twelve pacific nations.
Clinton said in an interview with PBS News Hour that she was “worried” about the TPP. While reviewing it, Clinton believes that it “does not address currency manipulation” and fears that more Americans will lose jobs, as mentioned on Time.
Clinton said,”What I know about it as of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it. I’ve tried to learn as much as I can about the agreement, but I’m worried.”
The Guardian notes that such statement was a reversal of the former Secretary of State in the Obama Administration.
The site mentions that Clinton has been a supporter of TPP. While she was Secretary of State, she told Australians 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.”
Her opposition marks her “biggest departure” from Obama Administration’s policies.
Clinton made it clear that she still believes in the strong goals of TPP and recognizes President Obama’s effort. However, Clinton said, “But the bar here is very high and, based on what I have seen, I don’t believe this agreement has met it.”
Clinton now joins her competitors, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley in opposing the TPP.
The Guardian reports that Maryland Governor O’Malley criticized Clinton for her new stance.
O’Malley said, “Wow! That’s a reversal! I was against the Trans Pacific Partnership months and months ago … Secretary Clinton can justify her own reversal of opinion on this, but I didn’t have one opinion eight months ago and switched that opinion on the eve of debates. I’m against the Trans Pacific Partnership. I let people know that from the outset.”
Meanwhile, the President of AFL-CIO, a federation of unions, Richard Trumka praised Clinton’s opposition.
TIME reports that Trumka in his statement said, “Her decision is a critical turning point, and will be invaluable in our effort to defeat TPP.”