Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is lying about her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, GOP rival Donald Trump said Wednesday, and is only saying she is against the trade pact because "she saw me on television knocking the hell out of it."
"It is a horror show that will kill our jobs," Trump said during an extensive press conference. "It is almost as bad as NAFTA, maybe worse, which her husband signed, which has destroyed manufacturing in the United States."
Clinton said for the first time Tuesday that she would renegotiate trade agreements "all because of me," Trump said. "She saw me talking about TPP, currency manipulation, currency devaluation, she heard it and said you can't bring that in a debate so all of the sudden she goes against TPP."
And, said Trump, Clinton's running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, also was "one of the biggest proponents of TPP and he is going against it.
"Bernie Sanders was right," said Trump. "He was against it. They will go toward TPP and vote it in very shortly after the election if she wins, which for the sake of our country we all hope and I hope that she doesn't. They will vote it in, mark my words. Hopefully you don't have to worry about it."
Clinton, said Trump, "will change a paragraph of the 6,000-page document nobody has read. The other countries know every word, every paragraph, every sentence, we don't even read it. We are led by stupid people."
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell after the Trump press conference that the nominee opposes TPP now and she will continue to do so after the election.
"We have a huge lengthy agenda when it comes to creating jobs in this country and it includes rebuilding our infrastructure, increasing the minimum wage, more profit sharing for workers," said Fallon. "You know what's not on that agenda? Passing this TPP or renegotiating to get a different version. She is opposed to it now, she would be opposed to it as a lame duck or if she's president after January."
Trump also had comments during the press conference about this week's Democratic National Convention, saying that speakers are mentioning "everybody but our police" and didn't have any flags on the stage until "we started complaining, and then they ran up with one small flag."
And on other topics:
- President Barack Obama: "I think President Obama has been the most ignorant president in our history. His views of the world, as he says, don't jibe and the world is a mess."
- The minimum wage: "Has to go up. People are, at least $10, but it has to go up. I think that states should really call the shots."
- Tim Kaine: "The first thing Tim Kaine did, yeah for a $4 billion tax increase and he's not very popular there [in Virginia]. Let me tell you, I went all over Virginia and I was there the other day and I thought he'd be popular, he's not popular because of the effort for tax increases. Also, the unemployment went up."
- Freddy Gray prosecutor decision: "I do have a reaction to the prosecutor in Baltimore who indicted those police officers, I do. I think she ought to prosecute herself."
- Running mate Mike Pence: He was absolutely my first choice and I never wavered despite what the press was saying ... right around that time you had the attack in Nice ... of course I had to delay the news conference because there was a horrible, horrible attack in France. I delayed the news conference and everyone said 'oh, he's having second thoughts.' I never had a second thought in my life."
- Making NATO pay: "Today we have a different threat, we have a terror threat and we have ISIS threat and ISIS isn't even mentioned. It's not even mentioned during the Democratic convention. And everyone's talking about it."
- Renegotiations: "I would renegotiate so much of everything. I'm going to renegotiate our trade deals. I'm going to renegotiate our military deals where we're protecting our countries and they're not living up to the bargain."
- China: "I have great relationships with China. I'm not blaming China for getting away with murder. I'm blaming our leadership as incompetent. We don't know what we're doing. I respect China. If China can get away with trade deficits every year, hundreds of billions of dollars, if they can get away with that, my hats off to them. I have no problem with China."
- Obamacare: "On Nov. 1, you're going to have new numbers come out for Obamacare having to do with increases. President Obama is trying to get it moved to December because it is election time ... It's going to fold anyway. I've got to take over this mess. It's going to fold anyway. But repeal and replace Obamacare."
- Clinton as the first female nominee: "I would love to see a woman become president of the United States. But she would be so wrong and even women say that. Women don't like her. She would be so wrong. Look, Hillary Clinton is a disaster. She's been a disaster. And even the story told by her husband last night, he left out the most interesting chapter. I won't get into that area chapter that I really waited for because it was pretty boring. The chapter that I waited for, I never heard. And he left it out."
- John Hinckley's release: "He should not have been set free. John Hinckley should not have been released."
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich: "He's a nice man, John Kasich, he's fine. I would never have chosen him. There are some people that called me that very much wanted to be vice president, but I picked a man I have a lot of respect for, and Mike Pence is doing a great job. Let me explain. I never asked John Kasich to be vice president nor would I. By the way, I'm leading in Ohio by three points."
- Using email: "I'm not an email person myself. I don't believe in it because I think it can be hacked for one thing but when I send an email, I mean, if I said one I sent one almost never. I'm just not a believer in email, a lot of people have told me that including Hillary but honestly it could be, maybe attacked."
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