Scott Paul: U.S. Has Been ‘Adept at Negotiating Terrible’ Trade Deals Favoring Global Companies

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03: Activists hold a rally to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in front of the White house on February 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. The TPP trade pact is expected to be signed in New Zealand on February 4. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
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The president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), Scott Paul, who had been a Donald Trump skeptic during the campaign, told Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Thursday that for decades, American trade agreements have been “essentially a corporate bill of rights for multi-national companies and that both national interests and the interests of workers tend to take a backseat” in them.

He also said it was interesting that it took “a candidate like Donald Trump to bring trade policy to the forefront” when it “had normally been kind of a union, blue collar kind of issue for candidates.”

Paul also said that “regardless of their partisan stripe,” trade negotiators “have been appreciably adept at negotiating terrible deals for working people in the United States. It’s been a consistent thread for the last twenty-five or thirty years.”

“My hat is off again to Mr. Trump for bringing this issue into the spotlight,” he concluded.

AAM recently released a statement upon the announcement of the new Carrier deal that has been in the news:

One of the lessons of this campaign was that economic pain in the industrial heartland has been ignored. If we can help nearly one thousand American workers, it’s a welcome development.

Governors aggressively seek to keep and court businesses every day, and foreign countries do the same. Inducements are not in any way unusual. In fact, they are always part of the equation. Pretending like this game doesn’t exist is naïve.

As Breitbart News reported, “President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will visit Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis on Thursday, just two days after the company announced it had reached a deal with the incoming president that will save over 1,000 American jobs.”

Paul also told Kassam he sees the Carrier deal as an early positive sign from the incoming Trump administration.

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