Clinton camp cleaning up McAuliffe’s TPP mess
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PHILADELPHIA — Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz to The Atlantic: Do not violate Constitution to safeguard it Why Joe Biden (or any moderate) cannot be nominated GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress MORE’s campaign is furiously pushing back against a close ally’s claims that the Democratic nominee will reverse her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership if elected president.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend and surrogate for the Clintons, has been saying in interviews over the last 24 hours that Clinton would support passage of the Obama administration’s international trade deal or seek to renegotiate it if elected president.
Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta swatted down McAuliffe’s claim on Wednesday.
“I can be definitive — she is against it before the election and after the election,” Podesta told reporters.
“She is not interested in renegotiating the TPP,” he added.
Clinton labored over whether to support the trade deal for months as it became a pivotal campaign issue.
Trump has focused on a message about how U.S. international trade agreements like NAFTA and the TPP have sent jobs for American workers overseas and crushed economies in Rust Belt battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Clinton joined Trump in announcing her opposition to the deal earlier this year.
But McAuliffe told Politico on Tuesday that she would flip on the issue if she makes it into the White House.
Trump responded over Twitter:
"Just like I have warned from the beginning, Crooked Hillary Clinton will betray you on the TPP.”
"The day she gets in, which hopefully will never happen, she will approve TPP and that will be another disaster,” Trump said.