Trump to take on trade deals in Pennsylvania speech

"America has lost almost one-third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997 - even as the country has increased its population by 50 million people", Trump said.

Trump declared that Clinton doesn't know how to bring American jobs back, calling her "totally overrated" and again firing up the crowd by saying he won't allow the U.S.to be partner to the deal.

"Trump embodies everything that is wrong with our current trade policies", said Mr. Trumka.

"Under Trump's trade plans, we would see higher prices, fewer jobs, and a weaker economy", the Chamber tweeted during the speech in Monessen, Pennsylvania, linking to an analysis that argues Trump's trade positions would throw the United States into an economic recession.

Trump is also expected to present a seven-point action plan aimed at reviving American manufacturing jobs.

Democratic President Barack Obama won both states in 2008 and 2012, but manufacturing job losses have led to voter anxiety in the region.

On MSNBC after Trump's speech, Clinton spokeswoman Kristina Schake called the wealthy NY businessman the "king of outsourcing", in an apparent reference to Trump-branded products such as suits and ties made overseas.

"It was full of hypocrisy and misstatements and outright lies", Schake said.

In addition, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who oversees Trump's foreign policy, has also been strongly critical of the trade deal, claiming that it ended up increasing USA trade deficits while bringing little benefits.

Trump vowed to pull out of the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) if elected president.

Clinton's campaign has slammed the report as partisan. Trade is GOOD for #mfg workers & #jobs. Sanders now says he will vote for Clinton in November, although he has not formally withdrawn from the race. "And were losing badly", Trump said. Although China is not part of the agreement, Trump said Beijing might try to enter it "through the back door" later on.

Later, during a rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio, Trump said the deal was "just a continuing rape of our country".

Speaking before a pro-labor audience at the AFL-CIO's global policy conference in Washington, D.C., he had nothing but criticism for Mr. Trump.

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Trump says Clinton wants to "scare the American people" out of voting for a better economy in the future. I used to be one of them.

If China does not stop its illegal activities, including its theft of American trade secrets, I will use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes, including the application of tariffs consistent with Section 201 and 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

In making his case for a new approach to trade, Trump recounted economic policies in place at the founding of the country - a time when goods traveled by horseback and schooner, the invention of the telegraph was still decades away and the advances of the Internet and broadband communication hardly imaginable.

Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray told The Hill: "If we've learned anything this cycle, it's that this is the Donald Trump election and none of the normal rules apply".


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