(NationalSentinel) President Donald Trump called out AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka on Monday after the latter criticized the administration’s trade policy, noting that in private, the union boss has expressed support for the administration’s economic policies.

“Just watched AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on @FoxNews and thought to myself how different he is on TV than he is when he is with me at the White House” the president tweeted. “Likes what we are doing until the cameras go on.”

“We got robbed on Trade and everything else while his Dems just sat back and watched,” he continued. “NAFTA is the worst Trade Deal ever made – terrible for labor – and Richard let it stand. No wonder unions are losing so much. The workers will vote for me in 2020 (lowest unemployment, most jobs ever), and should stop paying exorbitant $Dues, not worth it!”

During an interview with Fox News‘ Chris Wallace on Sunday, Trumka said the renegotiated NAFTA deal, now called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, was “unenforceable” so he could not support it in its current form.

“An unenforceable trade agreement is a windfall for corporations and a disaster for workers,” Trumka said, as Fox Business reported.

The union responded with a statement that it has been consistent on the issue of trade.

“We’ve been clear on what working people want, in private and in public,” AFL-CIO press secretary John Weber told Fox Business. “It’s our job to tell the president what he needs to hear — not what he wants to hear.”

In fact, the president is right when it comes to the negative impact NAFTA has had on the U.S. labor and union force.

“The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was sold to the U.S. public in 1993 with grand promises. The deal would create 200,000 new U.S. jobs per year in its first five years alone, according to President Clinton,” the advocacy group Public Citizen noted in a February 21018 fact sheet on the agreement.

“But instead of an improved trade balance with Canada and Mexico, NAFTA resulted in an explosion of imports that led to a huge new U.S. NAFTA trade deficit,” the group noted, citing additional job losses as well.

The fact sheet noted further:

At the heart of NAFTA are special protections that make it cheaper and safer for corporations to outsource U.S. jobs to low-wage Mexico. These investor protections provide special benefits to firms that relocate and eliminate many of the usual risks that make corporations think twice about moving production to another country.

With Mexican manufacturing workers paid a fraction of what U.S. workers are paid, some U.S. companies had begun to relocate production to Mexico before NAFTA. Many of these jobs were in industries, such as apparel, that did not require major investments to open a factory.

But NAFTA’s investor protections made it safe for U.S. firms to relocate high-end manufacturing jobs. And because Mexico did not have independent unions, the U.S. corporations could rely on wages staying low.

Even the Left-wing HuffPost reported in 2014 that due to NAFTA, 1 million U.S. jobs vanished.

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But none of this should be a surprise. Way back during the 1992 presidential election, the late billionaire candidate Ross Perot of the then-new “Reform Party,” made the prediction on stage during a debate with Bill Clinton and President George H. W. Bush that NAFTA would cause jobs to leave the U.S. in a “giant sucking sound.”


A billionaire businessman said it then, and another billionaire businessman is saying the same thing today.

Perot’s view of how the U.S. should negotiate trade agreements was no different in 1992 than President Trump’s position is today: Make it fair to both countries, so both do well, not just a one-sided agreement where the U.S. foots the bill and loses its shirt.

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