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Hillary Clinton Says She Didn’t Work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Hillary Clinton Says She Didn’t Work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Posted on Aug 7, 2015

By David Sirota


In her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has lately promoted herself as a populist defender of the middle class. To that end, she attempted to distance herself last week from a controversial 12-nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would set the rules of commerce for roughly 40 percent of the world’s economy.


As with similar business-backed trade pacts, labor unions, environmental groups and public health organizations are warning that the deal could result in job losses, reduced environmental standards, higher prices for medicine and more power for corporations looking to overturn public interest laws. And so, in her quest for Democratic primary votes, Clinton is suddenly trying to cast herself as a critic of the initiative.


“I did not work on TPP,” she said after a meeting with leaders of labor unions who oppose the pact. “I advocated for a multinational trade agreement that would ‘be the gold standard.’ But that was the responsibility of the United States Trade Representative.”

The trouble, of course, is that Clinton’s declaration does not square with the facts.

CNN has reported that during her tenure as U.S. secretary of state, Clinton publicly promoted the pact 45 separate times. At a congressional hearing in 2011, Clinton told lawmakers that “with respect to the TPP, although the State Department does not have the lead on this—it is the United States Trade Representative—we work closely with the USTR.” Additionally, secret State Department cables published by the website WikiLeaks show that her agency—including her top aides—were deeply involved in the diplomatic deliberations over the trade deal.

In a series of cables in late 2009 and 2010, State Department officials outlined their extensive discussions about the pact with government officials from New Zealand. At one point, State Department officials in that country requested an additional employee to specifically “allow the Economics Officer to focus on preparations for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations.”

Similarly, a September 2009 cable detailed Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg, specifically discussing the TPP with Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister. In a November 2009 cable, the U.S. embassy in Tokyo detailed TPP discussions between Japanese government officials and Robert Hormats, a former Goldman Sachs executive who was then serving as Clinton’s undersecretary of state. In a December 2009 cable, State Department officials in Hanoi reported that the U.S. Ambassador “hosted a dinner on December 21 for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement country representatives.” The cable thanked the Clinton-run State Department for providing “regular updates” that “have been key to helping us answer the many TPP-related inquiries we receive.”

Meanwhile, in a January 2010 cable, State Department embassy officials in Kuala Lumpur advised Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis on strategies to negotiate the TPP with the Malaysian government.

The involvement of the Clinton-led State Department in the TPP is hardly surprising: In June, CBS News reported that “a senior administration official told CBS News Correspondent Julianna Goldman that Clinton was one of the biggest backers of TPP.” In a Bloomberg News interview that same month, President Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice disputed the idea that Clinton was not involved in the TPP.

“She was integrally involved in all of the major initiatives of the first term of the administration,” said Rice, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations when Clinton was Secretary of State. “She was instrumental in formulating and implementing the rebalance to Asia, of which the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a part.”

Considering all the evidence, Clinton nonetheless pretending she had nothing to do with TPP is clearly a strategic calculation: She is betting that few voters will notice the gap between her rhetoric and her own record. It is certainly a cynical tactic. Time will tell if it is a politically shrewd one.

David Sirota is a senior writer at the International Business Times and the best-selling author of the books “Hostile Takeover,” “The Uprising” and “Back to Our Future.” Email him at ds@davidsirota.com, follow him on Twitter @davidsirota or visit his website at www.davidsirota.com.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 08:29 AM

1. I am not going to vote for a cold, calculating liar. That's all there is to it. n/t

 

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Response to djean111 (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 08:51 AM

5. will you vote for the Democratic nominee?

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Response to 6chars (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 08:55 AM

6. I don't do the Pledge-y Thing, sorry. That thing has run its course, like, say, the runs.

 

And a "Democratic nominee" needs more than a D on the jersey to qualify.
So - asked and answered. Done.

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Response to 6chars (Reply #5)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 09:24 AM

10. No denial?

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Response to daleanime (Reply #10)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 09:29 AM

13. eh, one person's cold calculating liar

is another's astute politician.

there is always one "straight talking" candidate who will not take big corporate money.

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Response to 6chars (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 09:34 AM

15. 'and the game's crooked, so why brother?'....

Thanks for playing, have a lovely day.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 08:43 AM

2. too busy planning her campaign for president? nt

 

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 08:45 AM

3. As usual, when her lips move...n/t

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 08:48 AM

4. No more Clintons, please.

 

So over this family. Just go away.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 08:57 AM

7. Democratic turnout is going to be crap

She just turns people off and there haven't even been any debates yet.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 08:57 AM

8. biggest whopper of the campaign so far

 

But it's early

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 09:04 AM

9. I think this is the 3rd position she has had on it....

 

although I admit, I may have lost count.

1) Referring to it as the "Gold Standard" of trade deals.

2) Saying she agreed with Pelosi (whatever that meant).

3) Now being against it and having never worked on it.



http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/04/21/401123124/a-timeline-of-hillary-clintons-evolution-on-trade

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Yet, previously as secretary of state, Clinton called the Trans-Pacific Partnership the "gold standard in trade agreements." In her second memoir, Hard Choices, released in 2014, Clinton lauded the deal, saying it "would link markets throughout Asia and the Americas, lowering trade barriers while raising standards on labor, the environment, and intellectual property." She even said it was "important for American workers, who would benefit from competing on a more level playing field." She also called it "a strategic initiative that would strengthen the position of the United States in Asia."




http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/14/politics/hillary-clinton-trade-tpp-pelosi-obama/

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She cited House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi by name twice. However, Clinton didn't weigh in at all on the bill the California Democrat maneuvered to block last week: so-called "trade promotion authority."




http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2013-01-10/hillary-clintons-business-legacy-at-the-state-department#p2

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She’s pressed the case for U.S. business in Cambodia, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and other countries in China’s shadow. She’s also taken a leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the free-trade pact that would give U.S. companies a leg up on their Chinese competitors. The State Department even has had limited success in prying open Chinese markets to U.S. companies. In 2011, after extensive haggling with U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, the Chinese government allowed Titanic 3D and other Hollywood movies to be shown in Beijing theaters. And that same year, after talks with Clinton, the Chinese relaxed so-called indigenous innovation rules that kept U.S. companies from competing for government technology contracts there. “Not that they would ever admit that the Americans—that the secretary—said this, and therefore [they] changed,” says Clinton, who’s been careful not to brag too loudly about these deals. “A lot of this you cannot claim, because then you kind of force the people on the other side to lose face.”



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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 09:25 AM

11. Just got an email from the Pledge-y Thing originator -

 

So now you are aligned with
Carly Fiorina?
Good to know..

I especially love the "..", as if I really cared. And that is the whole message.

Sending PMs like this is backhanded, sneaky, and cowardly. Ugh. Oh, and stupid.

Oh, and I don't think that Sanders is aligned with anything like a Carly Fiorina, but Corporate Democrats might have a bit in common with her.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 09:26 AM

12. when is a candidate gonna come out as a champion of the working class.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 09:33 AM

14. Blatant, in-your-face lie. I'll go with Susan Rice's assessment; integrally involved.

 

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun Aug 9, 2015, 09:36 AM

16. Locking - Democratic Primary Thread should be posted in GD-P

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