Americans were waiting for it—and then it came.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded fiery barbs and hot-tempered quips during Monday’s debate, the first of three. And the first of several back-and-forths took place just minutes into the event.
The topic: trade, NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.
As the Independent Journal Review reported: “Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of flip-flopping on trade in a testy exchange during Monday night’s presidential debate. … Clinton admitted she was initially for the [TPP] but later changed her mind after the deal was put together.”
Trump saw it differently – and told her so.
He said Clinton actually supported TPP until she heard “the things” he was saying about it on the campaign trail, and then – after realizing his message was resonating with voters – switched her position. Clinton denied, and tried to explain the reason for her flip-flop. But Trump dug in deeper.
“You called it the gold standard,” Trump said, interrupting her speech, IJR reported. “You said it’s the finest deal you’ve ever seen.”
Clinton, however, dug in herself and characterized Trump as a liar.
“I know you live in your own reality,” she said, IJR reported. “But that is not the facts. 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.”
Trump also brought up the North American Free Trade Agreement, which her husband, Bill Clinton, signed while president.
“Your husband signed NAFTA, which is one of the worst things that ever happened,” he said.
“That is your opinion,” Clinton shot back.
Both Clinton and Trump have turned up noses at TPP – Trump, early on and consistently; Clinton, more recently, after flip-flopping. TPP is one of President Obama’s pet trade projects for what he characterizes as the new global economy.
Source: Independent Journal Review