Hillary’s Trade Deal Flip-Flop Angered Fellow Democrats
Via New York Post:
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s rationale for flip-flopping to support a contentious Colombian free-trade agreement in 2009 was rejected by most Democrats in Congress, who voted against it, records show.
Trying to fend off critics who charge her change of heart came after millions flowed into the Clinton Foundation, the former secretary of state insisted she shifted only because Colombia agreed to substantive changes in its treatment of trade unionists.
In 2008, she cited a shocking level of violence, including murder, against union activists in opposing the deal.
“It doesn’t matter who talks to me,” Clinton said that year. “It doesn’t matter any circumstances. I have been against it. I am against it. I will be against it absent the kind of changes in behavior that I have been calling for from the Colombian government.”
A year later, she was on board. But trade experts say the changes made by Colombia were small.
“There’s no other country that had [for]many decades so many labor leaders being killed, shot at,” said Brian Finnegan of the AFL-CIO. More