Hillary Clinton, who had been supportive of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in the past before turning against it last week, seemed to carve out some wiggle room Thursday to support the deal again.
Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, an interviewer asked Clinton, the former secretary of state and leading Democratic presidential candidate, if she was evolving on TPP.
“No, I’m against it now, but we’ll see whether there is any kind of significant changes. I mean look, if Congress tomorrow adopted my entire work and wage agenda, I’d be pretty excited about that, but that’ll have to wait until I’m actually there as president," Clinton said.
During Tuesday’s Democratic primary debate, Clinton said that “in looking at” the TPP agreement, it didn’t meet her standards
On Wednesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the TPP agreement has not yet been made available to the public – including Clinton.
Nevertheless, at the Thursday Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event, Clinton said, “Now that the details have been made public, like a week or so ago, I don’t think it meets it and there are two sides to the argument that I am making.”
Asked about Clinton’s latest assertion on Thursday, if she got an advanced copy, Earnest said, “I did not see her comments. I’m not quite sure what she was referring to. The official final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has not been released. When it does, we’ll make sure that everyone has the opportunity to see it. We’ve made clear the American public will have the opportunity to review that document for 60-days before the president signs it.”