Trump, Clinton get under each other's skin at debate

Fireworks erupted over international trade during the first 2016 presidential debate on Monday as Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE repeatedly interrupted Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPavlich: Mueller’s indictment of the media Poll shows 36 percent support Trump's reelection, 43 percent prefer generic Democrat How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt … until agents bit MORE to slam her support for international deals.


After a subdued start to the Monday night debate, Trump became animated when the topic turned to trade, blasting former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonCohen will not answer questions about ongoing probes involving Trump, GOP lawmakers say BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Agency function is tied to how people feel about their job — that's bad news for USDA research MORE for approving the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“Your husband signed NAFTA, one of the worst things that ever happened in the manufacturing industry," Trump said. "You go to New England or Ohio or anywhere, you see devastation because of NAFTA.”

The Republican presidential nominee's aggressiveness had Clinton on the defensive, and he pressed the issue, accusing her of supporting President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade deal that the former secretary of State now opposes after having initially praised it.

“You were totally in favor of it, then you heard how much I was against it and you said you couldn’t win,” Trump said.

“That’s just not accurate,” Clinton responded. “I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out.”

Trump shot back: “You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it’s the finest deal you’ve ever seen, and then you heard what I said about it and all of a sudden you were against it.”

“Well, Donald, you live in your own reality, but it is not the facts,” the Democratic nominee replied.

Trump sought to keep the pressure up.

“There are different views about what’s good for our economy and leadership in this world—” Clinton said, before Trump interjected.

“But you have no plan, secretary, you have no plan!” Trump said.