AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that the trade policies adopted by Donald Trump were satisfactory, but the Republican nominee is a "fraud" and "unfit to be president," according to The Wall Street Journal.
Trumka also expressed his happiness over both major party presidential candidates rejecting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. However, the AFL-CIO chief does not trust Trump to keep his word.
"Anytime a politician is on the same side of an issue as us, we think it's a positive," Trumka said on Thursday at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington, D.C. "Donald Trump talking about being against trade deals is sort of laughable," he added.
The AFL-CIO chief also said that he was pleased that Trump "jumped on board" and got the other candidates in the presidential race to oppose TPP. "We don't see that as a threat at all. We see him as a fraud, and not being sincere about his support. But if he is, we'll take the support."
Taking a dig at the Republican nominee, Trumka said, "In the speech, he talked like John Wayne, but he acted like Winnie the Pooh when he was in Mexico. He was pretty meek and quiet."
"The union can produce a new leaflet every day based on what Mr. Trump says, including at Wednesday's immigration policy speech in Arizona," he continued.
The AFL-CIO chief was clear that he strongly supports Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and suggested that Clinton would serve working people better than President Barack Obama.
"Unions and Mrs. Clinton will be full partners in rewriting the rules of the economy," Trumka said, adding, "She's more open to talking before decisions are made [and] her circle is wider than the president's."
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