Put plainly, the U.S. presidential candidates don’t have warm fuzzy feels about the current Trans-Pacific Partnership.
At the third and final debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Wednesday night, neither candidate had good things to say about TPP or trade as it presently stands.
Hillary Clinton said the deal didn’t meet her test, which considers whether TPP creates jobs, raises incomes and furthers our national security—to which she decided, it doesn’t.
“I’m against it now. I’ll be against it after the election. I’ll be against it when I’m president,” she said.
Trump, who appears to be opposed to every major trade deal the U.S. has negotiated, but not the notion of trade itself, said, “We’re going to renegotiate trade deals. We’re going to have a lot of free trade. We’re going to have free trade, more free trade than we have right now. But we have horrible deals.”
Some had hoped the TPP might get signed during the lame duck session of Congress (Nov. 9 until the Dec. 16 adjournment) but that appears to be looking increasingly less likely, and the fate of the deal with the next president is all but clear.
Here’s what four experts had to say about where we stand on TPP post debate.
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