Shoe company claims the Obama regime pressured it to keep quiet on the TPP in return for a contract
According to this story the shoe company New Balance is coming out swinging against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) but when the issue was being debated the company remained silent. And now we might know why the company was silent when it had the chance to speak out against the TPP.
New Balance is now claiming it remained silent during the debate because the Obama regime promised the shoe manufacturer if it did so there could be a lucrative Department of Defense contract headed its way. Here is more:
The Boston Globe is reporting that U.S.-based shoe manufacturer New Balance has come out hard against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The odd thing, though, is that “the Boston company had gone quiet [on TPP] last year.”
Now, apparently, we know why:
New Balance officials say one big reason is that they were told the Department of Defense would give them serious consideration for a contract to outfit recruits with athletic shoes.
But of course that did not happen and now New Balance is upset:
But no order has been placed, and New Balance officials say the Pentagon is intentionally delaying any purchase.
Matt LeBretton, VP of public affairs for the company, tells the Globe that:
We swallowed the poison pill that is TPP so we could have a chance to bid on these contracts,…We were assured this would be a top-down approach at the Department of Defense if we agreed to either support or remain neutral on TPP. [But] the chances of the Department of Defense buying shoes that are made in the USA are slim to none while Obama is president.
Barack Obama made a quid pro quo promise to New Balance in order to push his trade agenda but he did not keep his end of the bargain, what a shocker! One has to wonder how many other deals are out there…
But it is hard to feel sorry for New Balance because they decided to remain silent on an issue the company knew would hurt manufacturing in the United States for their own gain and they were stupid enough to believe the Obama regime was trustworthy.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium