WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump says the U.S. has become more dependent on foreign countries and it’s “time to declare our economic independence once again.”
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is blaming harmful trade deals and the loss of manufacturing jobs on former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Trump has been critical of past trade deals, saying it has stripped the U.S. of manufacturing jobs. He says he plans to make it a major contrast with Hillary Clinton.
Trump says the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by Bill Clinton, was a “disaster” and points to the Clintons’ support for normalizing trade relations with China.
He is warning that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be even worse. He says the TPP “would be the death blow for American manufacturing.”