Half the Democratic field is just like Trump on trade, protectionists stuck in the 80s
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – With President Trump’s protectionist trade policies damaging the country economically, John Delaney asks if the many 2020 Democrats who opposed President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and espoused anti-trade policy regret their past views. By 2:00 PM Eastern, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down over 600 points, following months of economic problems for farmers in the Midwest due to the tariff fight.
Delaney was one of a small number of House Democrats who voted in favor of giving the Obama Administration Trade Promotion Authority in 2015 and also supported TPP. Trump campaigned against the TPP in 2016 and pulled the US out of the agreement in 2017. Many Democrats took his position.
“Democratic voters deserve to know if their candidates have an Obama trade policy or a Trump trade policy. Close to half the current field stood on the floor of the US Senate and cast a vote saying they didn’t trust President Obama to negotiate a good trade deal. It’s absurd.
“Frankly, we’re in the mess we’re in because of an alliance between the far left and the far right that came together to kill the TPP – which would have been an incredible leverage point in negotiating with China. Trump trashed Obama and a lot of Democrats basically went along with it hook, line, and sinker. It killed the deal politically.
“When it comes to trade, half our field is just like Trump: stuck in the 80s.
“Here’s what I’d do: get back in the TPP, end the tariff fight, and focus on real problems like IP theft and China’s military aggression in the South China Sea.”