Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of the Clinton family, said this week that Hillary Clinton would support the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) if elected president, despite claiming to oppose it—before walking the comments back and then doubling down on them again.
In a video interview that aired Wednesday on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe,” anchor Andrea Mitchell asked McAuliffe, “Governor, you understand that when Bernie Sanders supporters don’t trust Hillary Clinton to live up to her commitments, that when you, one of her closest friends…when you say that she would go along with TPP once elected—”
“No, no, no,” McAuliffe said, cutting her off. “To be very clear, she would only go forward if the changes that she wants are implemented, that everybody’s in agreement, the labor folks would be in agreement…she’s not going forward as it is today.”
“But I’m in the same position where Senator [Tim] Kaine is,” he continued, referring to Clinton’s running mate, who came out against TPP in its current form after previously speaking positively about the deal without explicitly endorsing it. “We don’t support it unless she says the changes that she wants are made. So unless the changes are made, she doesn’t support it. President [Barack] Obama does want this, as you know.”
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