During the first presidential debate Monday night, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of changing her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, to which she denied. Trump went on to insist the only reason she changed her mind is because publicly supporting the TPP is a debate she would never win.
“And now you want to approve Trans-Pacific Partnership. You were totally in favor of it, then you heard what I was saying, how bad it is, and you said, I can’t win that debate. But you know that if you did win, you would approve that, and that will be almost as bad as NAFTA. Nothing will ever top NAFTA,” Trump stated.
Clinton replied that Trump’s accusation was “just not accurate.”
“I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out,” she said.
“You called it the gold standard,” Trump interrupted. “You said it’s the finest deal you’ve ever seen.”
“I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts,” Clinton replied. “The facts are that 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.”
Although she denied the claims, it turns out Clinton actually did refer to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as “the gold standard in trade agreements” during her remarks in Australia while serving as secretary of state 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.”
It wasn’t until recently that Clinton has become critical of the TPP, and she has only changed her position out of shear political convenience.
The TPP statements can be seen below:
— ABC News (@ABC) September 27, 2016