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Op-Ed: Would a President Trump Really Stomach a TPP?

A recent article for Sourcing Journal looked at what might happen with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement if Donald Trump were to win the presidency, and in it, sources both surmised that Trump wouldn’t walk away from the TPP and that he might return to a more normal course of action—contrary to his inflammatory campaign commentary—once in office.

I believe those sources both seriously misunderstand Donald Trump.

What Trump is campaigning for

Trump hasn’t spent his life wanting to be president. For him, America has one big problem, which only he can solve: a Washington-based ruling elite that he believes is more interested in gaining approval from people like themselves than in pursuing the interests of Americans—especially when it comes to foreign affairs and trade deals.

And he thinks that ruling elite is incompetent at negotiating deals. He summarized his approach in a major speech on April 27: “We will no longer surrender this country, or its people, to the false song of globalism.”

He has repeatedly said the TPP is an excellent example of the elite messing up. He rejects pro-TPP arguments, foreign trade deals, he believes, don’t create American jobs. His opposition to them isn’t a cynical ploy to get elected president: it’s the reason he wants to be president.

I don’t care much for his convictions, but he’s a classic conviction politician.

Read more at Sourcing Journal.