How good has this week been for Donald Trump? The president-elect won’t be in office officially until January, but he’s managed to keep his first campaign promise without even having to be inaugurated.
Blocking the 12-nation agreement that covered everything from intellectual property enforcement to pharmaceutical costs was a major part of Donald Trump’s platform, with the Republican nominee claiming the agreement would kill American jobs.
Now, New York Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer — tapped to be the next Senate minority leader — has apparently told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he does not plan to bring the TPP up for a vote during the lame-duck Congress.
This is essentially ceding that the TPP has no chance of being passed and signed, essentially killing the agreement.
Schumer had previously said that the agreement “may well get” 51 votes were it brought to the floor. However, given that Trump had said that “there is no way to fix TPP,” that prediction seems horribly unlikely now.
Asked about TPP on Wednesday, Sen. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said that the future of TPP, such as it is, is up to a Trump administration to decide and negotiate in 2017.
“I think the president-elect made it pretty clear he was not in favor of the current agreement. But he has the latitude because (the Trade Promotion Authority) is in place through the next administration to negotiate better deals, as I think he would put it, if he chooses to. And sending it up to us for an expedited up-or-down vote,” Sen. McConnell said.
Remember how Trump said he would win so much you would get sick of winning? A bit of braggadocio, sure. How many presidents have effectively changed the trajectory of public policy before they even took office, though?
I rest my case.
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