Hillary Clinton swiped at Donald Trump when he said she called TPP the “gold standard,” but she did.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton brawled on trade early in the Hofstra debate, and one exchange in particular involved the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
As Trump bashed Clinton for calling TPP the “gold standard,” Clinton appeared to deny those claims. As Trump talked, she said “no,” and added that Trump “lives in [his] own reality.”
But a quick review from a 2015 PolitiFact post reveals Clinton did, indeed, call TPP the “gold standard”:
In Australia in 2012, Clinton delivered remarks on the general topic of the U.S.-Australia relationship. Here’s everything she said about the TPP in that address, with the “gold standard” comment in bold.
“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.”
So it seems Clinton is saying the TPP does, definitevely set the gold standard — as opposed to Clinton hoping it will.
Clinton was also caught on tape making this claim:
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