So Long TPP? Leading Democrats Abandon Obama Legacy Trade Deal

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By Paul Martin

US President Barack Obama is facing a revolt from within his own party against his attempts to create the biggest regional free trade agreement in history: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP was supposed to be a legacy-making project for President Obama. However, the free-trade deal has been beset by controversy, with accusations that it favors big multinational corporations, and was negotiated amid too much secrecy.

Several high profile detractors have already indicated they will reject the deal, including Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and Republican candidate, Donald Trump, both vying for the US Presidency this November.

Now, US Senator Bernie Sanders, an unsuccessful presidential candidate, but still extremely popular among grass-roots Democratic supporters, has called for the Democratic Party to officially abandon Obama’s efforts to pass the TPP in Congress.

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