Hillary Clinton’s appointment Tuesday of former senator and interior secretary Ken Salazar to head her transition team, if elected, is undermining her professed opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The Democratic nominee for president has said repeatedly she opposes the trade pact President Obama is trying to get through Congress before his term ends, even though she previously described it as the “gold standard.”
But Salazar was a paid lobbyist for TPP and remains an outspoken supporter of the deal.
In an op-ed in USA Today, Salazar called TPP the “greenest trade deal ever” and claimed it would help middle-class families get ahead. Salazar’s law firm lobbied on behalf of global corporations to give Obama extra-constitutional fast-track power to push TPP through Congress.
TPP has become a central issue in the presidential campaign.