President Obama isn’t going to stand idly by while Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren sparks yet another House revolt over legislation. This time around it would be the bill to grant him trade promotion authority (TPA). After the fiery senator took to the social media to claim she will not support any trade bill that does not promote environmental issues, job security, and higher wages at home, President Obama struck back at critics during a press conference held by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. While not naming the highly esteemed senator by name, the president said that critics were spreading what he termed was “misinformation” on the subject of trade. The president even went to so far as to say the opposition was looking to stir up the left-wing base of the party (to revolt), but that the entire exercise was pointless.
Anastasia Date even said the president further explained that globalization and free trade are the way of modern life. The debate about their merits will not slow down the pace of new trade agreements. Nor will opposition to free trade cause the United States to reduce the amount of trade and exports it conducts. It is pretty obvious the president did not appreciate Senator Warren circulating a flier among her supporters that his promises to protect domestic jobs and wages were vapid. Nor does he appreciate critics insinuating that just because he cut the TPP deal amid a shroud of secrecy it means the deal will be bad for average Americans.