The real issue is that the TPP was negotiated on the back of a massive global fraud perpetrated by multinational corporations, according to the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Sen. Mark Warner Mark Robert WarnerSenate panel approves first bipartisan immigration bill Hillicon Valley: 50M affected by Facebook hack | Google CEO to testify on Capitol Hill | Tesla shares slump after SEC sues | House Intel votes to lift sanctions on Russia probe MORE (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the committee, has been critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the deal, saying the president didn’t negotiate the deal properly.
The deal, he told CNN on Thursday, would have left Americans behind in their ability to get jobs, education and healthcare.
“That’s not what it was supposed to do,” he said.
Warner said the TPP’s biggest problem is that it doesn’t have adequate protections for workers and businesses.
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Adam B. SchiffRep.(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)”It’s not clear whether we’ve reached a deal that actually provides enough protections,” Warner said.
“That’s the issue that needs to be addressed.”
Warmer, who is a member of the House Intelligence panel, said he believes President Trump’s administration was not in fact negotiating the deal as well as it should have been.
Trump has said that his administration negotiated the deal on his own without consulting Congress.
The administration was reportedly working on the deal in secret, but it took more than two years for the agreement to be released to the public, and it has been widely criticized as a giveaway to corporations.
Last week, Trump told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that the Obama-era deal would have helped bring jobs back to the United States.
“We would have had much better trade relations if the president had negotiated it a little bit more,” Trump said.
“He was negotiating with the president of the United Nations, the secretary of state, the president himself.
He was negotiating directly with the CEO of Pfizer, which is a big, big company, which we are fighting hard for.”