18 Aug Top Trade Stories To Watch Now: Obama Fights For TPP, Salazar Draws Liberal Skeptics
Obama Hits The Road Supporting TPP
President Barack Obama isn’t letting his economic legacy go down without a fight. The president released this week more than 30 pro Trans-Pacific Partnership events for during the remainder of the congressional recess. The goal of the events is to support at-risk Democrats and those supporting the deal. The 12-nation trade agreement is a signature achievement for Obama, but has been stymied by anti-trade rhetoric from both leading presidential candidates. Some worry the move to push for the deal could jeopardize Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton’s chances at the White House.
Hillary Transition Team Draws Anti-TPP Ire
Hillary Clinton is raising eyebrows from the anti-TPP crowd with her newly named transition team leader: Ken Salazar, the former U.S. secretary of the interior who previously served as a senator and attorney general in Colorado. Salazar is pro-TPP, so this move could heighten the story line that Clinton isn’t really anti-TPP and will flip-flop back to supporting the deal if she’s elected, possibly adding fuel to Donald Trump’s popularity with blue-collar workers in the Rust Belt. The four other co-chairs include one of President Obama’s former national security advisers, Tom Donilon, and aide Neera Tanden, who is now at the Center for American Politics. Maggie Williams, director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm round out the team.