Trump threatens to leave NAFTA, rips Clinton on trade

Trump threatens to leave NAFTA, rips Clinton on trade

By Nick Salazar   
Donald Trump announces his presidential candidacy in New York City. June 16, 2015. Photo: Luke Vargas
Donald Trump appears at a campaign event. (2016 file Photo: Luke Vargas/TMN)

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) — Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped Hillary Clinton’s stance on trade, saying that if elected, he would take a page out of the United Kingdom’s playbook and remove the United States from some of its trade agreements if his demands aren’t met.

“I’m going tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers,” Trump said during a speech at a recycling plant in Monessen, Pennsylvania, adding that he didn’t “mean just a little better. I mean a lot better.”

“If they do not agree to a renegotiation, then I will submit notice under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to withdraw from the deal,” Trump said.

Tuesday’s comments came as Trump attempts to refocus his campaign to policy after a tumultuous few weeks that included the firing of Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager and lackluster fundraising report.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee attempted to link Hillary Clinton to the trade policies with her husband, former President Bill Clinton having signed NAFTA, and with the Obama administration actively supporting the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade policy that has proven divisive.

Clinton has opposed the TPP throughout the duration of her presidential campaign, but she supported it while she was serving as Obama’s secretary of State.

Clinton is shown in a video from 2012 saying that the TPP is “the gold standard” for trade agreements, a fact Trump pointed out in his speech.

Trump charged that despite her stated opposition to the trade deal in its current form, Clinton would “make a little two word change” and then would reverse her position.

“If the media doesn’t believe me,” Trump said. “I have a challenge for you and Hillary. Ask Hillary if she is willing to withdraw from the TPP her first day in office and unconditionally rule out its passage in any form.”

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