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Clinton Spox Fallon Lies About Her Record On Trade

- September 27, 2016

CLINTON'S PRESS SECRETARY REPEATED THE LIE THAT CLINTON DID NOT CALL THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) TRADE DEAL "THE GOLD STANDARD"

On CNN Today, Clinton Campaign Press Secretary Brian Fallon Falsely Claimed That Clinton Never Called TPP "The Gold Standard," But Had "Expressed Her Hope" The Deal Would Be "The Gold Standard." CNN'S WOLF BLITZER: "He did bring up the TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership, trade deal. Here's the exchange he had. Listen to this." TRUMP: "You called it the gold standard. You called it the gold standard of trade deals, you said it's the finest trade deal you've ever seen. And then you heard what I said about it, and all of the sudden you were against it." CLINTON: "Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts." BLITZER: "alright so we did a reality check, and we found this statement she made back in 2012, when she was secretary of state, in Australia, she made this statement." CLINTON: "This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open, free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field." BLITZER: "Alright so she's flipped on that issue right?" CLINTON CAMPAIGN PRESS SECRETARY BRIAN FALLON: "No, I think what happened, Wolf, was that at the time she made those comments that you just played that deal was still being worked on and she was expressing her hope that the deal would live up to being the gold standard…" BLIZTER: "You didn't see 'hope' in that statement. She said, 'this TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open, free, transparent, fair trade.'" FALLON: "I think what happened was the deal was finalized in the years after she left as secretary of state, and she was pretty clear, even prior to the finalization of that agreement, what her metrics would be for judging it. And then it came out, and the details were scrutinized over, and it came up short on every count that she had listed months in advance, including making sure that we have good paying jobs here in the United States, she just fundamentally thinks it fails that test. Now this was an issue that was heavily litigated in the primary, so I don't think it's a surprise at all where she stands on the issue of trade to voters in this general election contest." (CNN's "Wolf," 9/27/16)

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The Tape Doesn't Lie, In 2012 Clinton Said TPP "Sets The Gold Standard In Trade Agreements"

Then Secretary Of State Clinton, November 2012: "This TPP Sets The Gold Standard In Trade Agreements To Open Free, Transparent, Fair Trade." CLINTON: "So it's fair to say that our economies are entwined, and we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Australia is a critical partner. This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world's total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Techport Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, 11/15/12)

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FALLON THEN SUGGESTED THAT CLINTON WOULD CALL NAFTA "A MISTAKE," BUT SHE REFUSED TO DO JUST THAT EARLIER THIS YEAR

Fallon Then Suggested That Clinton Would Call NAFTA "A Mistake," Saying The Trade Deal Needs To Be Renegotiated. CNN'S WOLF BLITZER: "Does she believe NAFTA was a mistake?" CLINTON CAMPAIGN PRESS SECRETARY BRIAN FALLON: "I think that she has said we need to renegotiate NAFTA…" BLITZER: "That was the deal that of course her husband put together." FALLON: "Absolutely, and I think even her husband has acknowledged that it has had some unintended consequences, and she has said that she wants to renegotiate it. But she has talked, broadly more than just these individual trade deals, about what we need to do for the economy." (CNN's "Wolf," 9/27/16)

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The Reality: Clinton Has Refused To Call NAFTA A Mistake, Claiming It Would Be "Argued About For Years To Come"

In March 2016, Clinton Refused To Call NAFTA A "Mistake," Saying It Will Be "Argued About For Years To Come." NBC'S ANDREA MITCHELL: "Was NAFTA a mistake?" CLINTON: "You know, I think you'll have to ask the experts who say on balance, some people were helped, some people were hurt. That is something that is going to be argued about for years to come. I'm saying, let's make sure trade works for us." (MSNBC's " MSNBC Live With Kate Snow," 3/15/16)

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