Democrats press Hillary over trade – CNN

(CNN)Hillary Clinton took a wait-and-see approach Friday to a new trade deal being considered by the Obama administration, and that has roiled Democrats who may challenge her for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

In a statement about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Clinton spokesman said that the presidential candidate believes any trade deal needs to protect American workers while also strengthening national security.

“We should be willing to walk away from any outcome that falls short of these tests,” Nick Merrill said. “She will be watching closely to see what is being done to crack down on currency manipulation, improve labor rights, protect the environment and health, promote transparency, and open new opportunities for our small businesses to export overseas.”

During her time as secretary of state, Clinton talked up the TPP.

At a 2011 event in Korea, Clinton advocated for “as few barriers to trade and investment as possible,” and in her 2014 memoir, she wrote that the deal “would link markets throughout Asia and the Americas, lowering trade barriers while raising standards on labor, the environment and intellectual property.”

Lawmakers on the House and Senate’s tax-writing committees brokered a deal Thursday that made it easier for President Barack Obama to pass the TPP, much to the dismay of liberals—particularly unions—who believe the deal is bad for American workers and wages.

The decision would give Obama more authority to quickly pass trade deals like the TPP, a massive, 12-country new pact that that would be the biggest trade deal in history.


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