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Trump hits Kaine on TPP: He supports a ‘job killer’

Donald Trump on Saturday slammed Sen. Tim Kaine’s past support for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, saying Hillary Clinton’s new running mate backed a “job killer.”

“Tim Kaine has been praising the Trans Pacific Partnership and has been pushing hard to get it approved. Job killer!” Trump tweeted.  

{mosads}The Obama-backed TPP would be the biggest trade deal in a generation but Democrats are split on the issue. Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders oppose it, while Obama is trying to get it pushed through before he leaves office. 

Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, praised the TPP as recently as last week, saying “I see much in it to like.” 

“I think it’s an upgrade of labor standards. I think it’s an upgrade of environmental standards. I think it’s an upgrade of environmental standards. I think it’s an upgrade of intellectual property protections.” 

Kaine also said he believed the deal should get a vote in Congress, while Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the chances of that are “pretty slim.” 

According to The Washington Post, Kaine promised Clinton he would oppose the TPP publicly in the near future. 

Trump’s own running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, previously expressed support for the trade deal, saying it would make Indiana businesses competitive on the world stage. 

“Reducing tariffs and other trade barriers so that Indiana businesses can enjoy increased market access and fairly compete on the world stage is something that Congress must do,” Pence wrote in a 2015 letter to Indiana congressmen. 

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