After Obama Signs Trans-Pacific Partnership, Sessions Demands Candidates Reveal Their Position On Trade Deal

AP Photo/Bob Gathany,
AP Photo/Bob Gathany,

President Obama’s trade representative signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, one of the largest multinational trade agreements in history.

Following the signing of the agreement, Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been the fiercest GOP opponent in Congress of President Obama’s globalist trade agenda, called upon every elected official and every Presidential candidate to reveal “where they stand on the TPP.”

Sessions writes:

7,000 miles away, the President’s trade representative just quietly signed a massive, 5,544 page trade deal, with little fanfare from its supporters.  Only months ago Congress voted to ‘fast-track’ this deal, despite not knowing its contents.

Sessions suggests that the deal’s “unpopularity with the American people” may perhaps “explain why we are not seeing politicians expressing support for this gargantuan agreement,” despite the fact that many politicians voted to fast-track the deal– which helps to ensure not only the passage of TPP, but all subsequent trade pacts, which are now liberated from Senate filibuster, amendment process and constitutional treaty vote.

Sessions declared: “Every elected official, every candidate must be crystal clear about where they stand on the TPP.  The American people deserve no less.”

While every other top polling candidate has made his stance on the issue known, Marco Rubio is refusing to tell voters whether he will vote the TPP, which he previously endorsed as the “second pillar” of a President Rubio’s three-pillar foreign policy strategy.

Rubio also voted to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership despite the fact that he continues to provide no evidence that he ever read the deal before doing so. However, Rubio is now refusing to reveal whether he will vote for the trade deal he endorses.  Since Rubio has never retracted his support for TPP, it would thus be accurate to say he still regards the agreement as a “pillar” as his hoped-for Presidency.

Regardless, on January 7, Rubio told reporters that he will not make his position on the subject known until May 18th or later—at least two months after Super Tuesday and after Republican primary voters in at least 44 states have already voted and can no longer make their voices heard on the matter.

By contrast, Donald Trump has made his aggressive opposition to Obama’s trade agenda a central platform of his presidential campaign. In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News, Trump’s campaign stated, “A Trump Presidency is the only guaranteed way to keep America out of this disastrous trade deal.”


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