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AFL-CIO president: Trump has been a 'disappointment' 

AFL-CIO president: Trump has been a 'disappointment' 
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The president of the nation’s largest labor federation called President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE a disappointment Tuesday and warned that workers will be looking for a new president in 2020 if Trump keeps pace with his current agenda.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Trump has done nothing to invest in America’s infrastructure, has rejected plans to revitalize the coal community and has been too timid on trade.

“Broken promises are bad enough, but President Trump has used his office to actively hurt working people,” Trumka said. 

Trumka cited the Republican tax plan, the administration’s decision to delay the Obama-era overtime rule and its move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as policies that have hurt workers.   

“If President Trump wants to change course and join us in the fight to raise wages and standards, and strengthen our democracy and build better lives, then we’ll be ready,” he said. “But if he continues down his current path, workers will be looking for a new president in 2020.” 

Trumka had said after Trump's election that AFL-CIO was “ready to work” with the president. He met with Trump during the transition, having what he characterized as a "very honest" conversation at Trump Tower.

But a year into the administration, Trumka suggested Trump's support among union workers is dwindling.

“I can tell you more and more working people are coming back across the bridge saying, ‘Yeah, he promised stuff, but it’s not working,’” he said.

The AFL-CIO endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Bolton tells Russians 2016 meddling had little effect | Facebook eyes major cyber firm | Saudi site gets hacked | Softbank in spotlight over Saudi money | YouTube fights EU 'meme ban' proposal Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout MORE during the election, but support for the Democrat was far from unanimous.

Trumka noted that Trump gained the support of 37 percent of AFL-CIO members during the election. He could not say how many members overall support the president now.

In 2018, Trumka said AFL-CIO plans to focus political spending on key Senate and House races in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, New Mexico, Arizona, Florida and Missouri. He mentioned Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Dem victories in `18 will not calm party turbulence MORE’s (D-Ohio) and Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDems target small cluster of states in battle for House Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials move to require drug prices in TV ads | 4,000 more people lose Medicaid in Arkansas | New top official for Medicaid Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE’s (D-Pa.) bids for reelection, specifically.

“Those are all states we’re going to play heavy in because of the Senate races, House races we think we can do something in and in many cases, governors' races as well,” he said. 

“Democrats will help themselves if they have an economic agenda that rings true with working people and they will hurt themselves if they don’t."

Trumka did not have a comment on Trump’s decision Monday to impose a 20 percent tariff on imported washing machines and a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panel technology. The move aims to target imports from China. 

“I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, quite frankly,” Trumka said. “He’s done a couple of things in the last two days that we’re trying to work through and see where things go.” 

AFL-CIO has been pushing the U.S. to crack down on China’s alleged currency manipulation and unfair trade practices.