29 Sep Clinton and Trump Attack Controversial Trade Policy in First Debate
It was not a good night for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and free trade during the first presidential debate.
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton met at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Monday night and spent a good portion of the debate on trade and tax policy.
Trump stayed on message during the first 30 minutes of the debate, arguing trade was the root of the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and that China was a currency manipulator taking away U.S. jobs. “We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us and our companies leaving the U.S. and firing their people,” said Trump. He argued for penalties against companies moving business offshore, restructuring the tax system to bring money abroad home and cutting taxes on small business.