Sherrod Brown supports Trump’s rescinding of TPP

By Frank Lewis -

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has reached out to President Donald Trump over one of his first actions and has received a hand-written note from the president in response.

After more than 30 years of fighting for a fair trade agenda that puts American workers first, Brown is applauding President Donald Trump’s executive order withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Brown reached out to Trump immediately following the election, offering to work with the President to renegotiate NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) and outlining specific steps Trump should take to fulfill his campaign promises on trade. Trump responded with a hand-written note.

In that note Trump wrote “Sherrod – great letter. I will never let our workers down. Best wishes, Donald J. Trump.”

Brown has long worked for what he terms fair trade, and said the presidents action is the first step.

“Throwing out TPP is the first necessary step in overhauling our trade policy to put American workers first,” Brown said. “I stand ready to support Ohio workers by working with the Trump Administration to renegotiate NAFTA, put American workers ahead of corporate profits, and create jobs.”

Brown said he has stood up to presidents of both parties against shortsighted trade agreements that ship U.S. jobs overseas. He led the bipartisan opposition to NAFTA in 1993 – as a freshman in the U.S. House of Representatives – and to CAFTA (the Central America Free Trade Agreement) in 2005. He has been a leading opponent of TPP for several years and led opposition against fast-track authority in the Senate, which would have made it easier for Congress to approve TPP and other massive trade deals with limited debate.

The Associated Press said Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact Monday, dealing a quick blow to Barack Obama’s legacy as the new chief executive began fulfilling campaign promises in his first full week in office.

“Great thing for the American worker that we just did,” Trump said in brief remarks as he signed a notice in the Oval Office.

By Frank Lewis