Bernie Sanders Praises President Trump for Ending TPP — The Beltway Times

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There is little doubt that Senator Bernie Sanders dislikes Trump. He expressed his feelings about newly elected President Trump during the Women’s March in Washington D.C.

 

However Sanders, who campaigned diligently against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), praised President Trump for his executive orders to officially pull the United States out of the deal.

According to the Washington Post, Sanders had this to say: “I am glad the Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead and gone,” Sanders said. “For the last 30 years, we have had a series of trade deals — including the North American Free Trade Agreement, permanent normal trade relations with China and others — which have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs and caused a ‘race to the bottom’ which has lowered wages for American workers. Now is the time to develop a new trade policy that helps working families, not just multinational corporations. If President Trump is serious about a new policy to help American workers, then I would be delighted to work with him.”

It was one of three executive orders of which Trump signed Monday morning, the others being a hiring freeze for federal government positions, and the re-instituting of an policy that prevents federal family-planning money from being sent to international organizations that perform abortion services.

Trump first signed the executive order ending United States participation in the TPP which fulfilled one of his initial campaign promises. “We’ve been talking about it for a long time,” Trump said. “Great thing for the American worker.” Trump has been opposed to the TPP  since 2015.