Rep. Keith Ellison refuses to give Donald Trump credit for ending the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Earlier this week Donald Trump killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership by announcing the United States would withdraw from the controversial free trade agreement. While this agreement was being debated it was interesting that the Republicans in the Congress gave Barack Obama fast-track authority to pass the secretly negotiated deal while many Democrats opposed the deal.
Because of this you would think that Democrats would be hard-pressed not to give Donald Trump at least a little bit of credit for siding with them, however Rep. Keith Ellison stated that the President did not deserve the credit for this. Here is more:
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says it’s not President Trump but “the people who raised their voices” that deserve credit for the United States quitting the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP).
On Monday, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum removing the United States from TPP.
“You didn’t like TPP, are you pleased with how swiftly Mr. Trump moved on it?” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Ellison on Tuesday’s New Day program.
“I’m pleased that the American people over the course of years raised up the problems with TPP and I’m glad that their voices got heard, even if it was by somebody who cynically manipulated the issue for their own political advantage,” Ellison replied.
When pressed on this here is what Rep. Ellison had to say:
“Where you find points of agreement, why not give him credit for those things?” Camerota asked.
“Because – because I think that it’s the people who raised their voices over the course of years that brought about this policy. I want to give the people credit that’s what I believe in,” Ellison said.
“I understand. As you know, the way it works, the president, who is in office at the time that it happens, gets the credit,” Camerota said.
“Well, I don’t necessarily agree with that,” Ellison replied.
In a way he is right: the people did raise their voices and got the TPP killed by voting for the candidate who promised to kill it instead of the Democratic runner up who would most likely not have killed it–but I do not think that was what he was talking about…
He was then pressed on it when he was asked this: if he was not willing to give Donald Trump credit when he agreed with what he did how then could he criticize him when Donald Trump did something he did not agree with? This was in reference to the Executive Order on the ‘Mexico City’ plan.” His response?
“Because I disagree with it. Because I think it’s a bad policy and I think that the right policy was to leave President Obama’s recision of that policy in place,” Ellison said.
Talk about duplicity! Or should I say hypocrisy?
In other words Rep. Ellison wants to give the people credit when Donald Trump does something he agrees with but he wants to blame Donald Trump instead of the people when the President does something he does not agree with. These people have me talking in circles again…
Rep. Ellison claimed Donald Trump “cynically manipulated” the issue for “political advantage” yet is that not what he is doing in deciding who gets either the blame or the credit depending on whether or not he agrees with the President’s action on the issues?
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium