Bernie Sanders was quoted numerous times prior to November’s election, saying, “Donald Trump will not be president of the United States,” but after one of Trump’s actions today, he’s praising the man. And, he’s not the only one doing so. Sanders is joined by a chorus of rust belt Democrats approving President Trump’s action in removing America from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
As the Washington Post reported:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who campaigned hard against the Trans-Pacific Partnership in last year’s Democratic presidential primaries, praised President Trump for an executive order to officially pull the United States out of the deal.
“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.”
Democrats who like Sanders had campaigned against Trump joined him in saluting the executive order. “I support President Trump’s issuing of an executive orders that will pull the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and his recent steps to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) in a statement. “NAFTA has adversely impacted middle class families in Pennsylvania and the TPP would have cost jobs and hurt income growth, which is why I voted against fast tracking the deal in 2015.”
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) shared a similar reaction on Twitter:
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) January 23, 2017
Among the others praising the decision was the Teamsters union, a union where 92% of their 2016 campaign contributions went to Democrats. “Today, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With this decision, the president has taken the first step toward fixing 30 years of bad trade policies that have cost working Americans millions of good-paying jobs” said their general president, James P. Hoffa, in a statement.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]