The U.S. Chamber of Commerce took a page from Donald Trump's own playbook and live tweeted its rebuttal to his economic speech Tuesday
in which he called for the United States to pull out of NAFTA.
The organization quickly hit back at Trump point by point, according to Politico
, which first reported on the Chamber's tweet storm.
Before Trump even took the stage at an aluminum producer in Monessen, Penn., the Chamber tweeted out a post by its Senior Vice President for International Policy John G. Murphy.
"Trade is no panacea. Some workers lose their jobs to international competition, just as technological change and shifting consumer tastes regularly put some manufacturers out of business," Murphy wrote. "It's appropriate for the federal government to provide these workers with training and transition assistance — and of a better quality than current federal programs.
"But contrary to rumor, the benefits of trade greatly outweigh the costs," Murphy added. "In fact, trade has been a lifeline for many more workers in Pennsylvania and Ohio — especially in the wake of the recession."
As Trump began his speech, Murphy and the Chamber's account began tweeting in defense of both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders also have voiced opposition to TPP, though Clinton has supported NAFTA, which her husband, Bill Clinton, signed as president.
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