These are strangely unfamiliar and wonderful times in which we live. Whooda’ thunk that a labor union, any labor union, would find itself praising a Republican president?
That’s exactly what Teamsters President James P. Hoffa (yes, son of Jimmy Hoffa) did yesterday when he praised Donald Trump in a written statement for withdrawing from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), the job stealing agreement inflicted upon the American people by Barack Hussein, a member of the dying Democrat Party which heretofore considered union support a given.
“Today, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With this decision, the president has taken the first step toward fixing 30 years of bad trade policies that have cost working Americans millions of good-paying jobs.
“The Teamsters Union has been on the frontline of the fight to stop destructive trade deals like the TPP, China PNTR, CAFTA and NAFTA for decades. Millions of working men and women saw their jobs leave the country as free trade policies undermined our manufacturing industry. We hope that President Trump’s meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Jan. 31 opens a real dialogue about fixing the flawed NAFTA.
“We take this development as a positive sign that President Trump will continue to fulfill his campaign promises in regard to trade policy reform and instruct the USTR to negotiate future agreements that protect American workers and industry.”
President Trump did not pull the US out of TPP to gain union votes. He did it because it is the right thing to do. Why do the Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, et al, deserve to be given American jobs to please a thoughtless corporation?
They don’t! But it takes a leader who both understands the big picture and will not be influenced by corporate donors or foreign interests, and whose sole allegiance is to We the People. THAT is what a president should be.
Since the famous escalator ride and announcing his platform I have predicted, somewhat boldly perhaps, that Donald Trump will be one of the greatest presidents in American history, greater even than the iconic Ronald Reagan. Three days into his administration I stand by that.
We ain’t seen nothing yet. He is just getting warmed up!