Warren Slams Obama For ‘Untrue’ Statements About Trade Deal

Senate Banking Committee member Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, from Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen. Yellen said Tuesday that the U... Senate Banking Committee member Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, from Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen. Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but the Fed remains patient in raising interest rates because too many Americans are still unemployed, wage growth remains sluggish and inflation is too low. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) MORE LESS
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In an ongoing feud over a trade deal the U.S. is negotiating with Pacific nations, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday criticized President Obama’s recent statements about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

On Friday, Obama criticized Democrats for spreading “misinformation” about the TPP, alluding to Warren, who sent an email to supporters on Wednesday suggesting that the White House does not want the public to see the trade agreement. Obama said that criticizing the deal as “secret” was “dishonest.”

“What I am averse to is a bunch of ad hominem attacks and misinformation that stirs up the base but ultimately doesn’t serve them well. And I’m going to be pushing back very hard if I keep hearing that stuff,” Obama told reporters on Friday.

“The one that gets on my nerves the most is the notion that this is a secret deal,” he continued. “Every single one of the critics saying this is a secret deal, or send out e-mails to their fundraising base that they’re working to stop a secret deal, could walk over and see the text of the agreement.”

In a Saturday letter to Obama, Warren and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hit back at Obama’s Friday comments and called on the President to make the current text of the agreement public, according to the Huffington Post.

“Members of Congress should be able to discuss the agreement with our constituents and to participate in a robust public debate, instead of being muzzled by classification rules,” the senators wrote in the letter, according to the Huffington Post.

Warren and Brown noted that the deal is classified, so while members of Congress can view the deal, the American public cannot. They also said that they are not able to discuss details of the classified deal with the public.

“We respectfully suggest that characterizing the assessments of labor unions, journalists, Members of Congress, and others who disagree with your approach to transparency on trade issues as ‘dishonest’ is both untrue and unlikely to serve the best interests of the American people,” Warren and Brown said in the letter, according to the Huffington Post.

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  1. Dear Senator Warren: Please keep up your pressure on President Obama. The point I find worth making is that although what is being offered is for the Congress to be able to review this bill - and maybe eventually even to debate it - the price of that is Fast Track, which means no matter how the debate goes the only option will be to vote up or down on the bill, no amendments allowed. That is unacceptable simply because enough Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats can be counted on to vote the bill through. This deal guarantees the bill will pass as drafted. But from what limited information has leaked it is clear, this bill must be able to be amended or no deal. Period.

  2. Obama…if Warren is wrong- provide proof that she is wrong.

  3. Avatar for dswx dswx says:

    Warren is the one making the accusations. It is her that provide the proof for her statements.

  4. I don’t think she CAN provide proof unless she releases the details of the deal so far to the public, which she can’t. Obama can, but he’s saying “trust me.”

    Without knowing the details, I’m going to side with her on this right now.

  5. She is challenging him to prove that the deal is everything Obama says it is. It is up to him to provide material in defense of his position- something he could easily do by opening up the trade agreement and letting everyone read it.

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