Trump’s Clinton Speech Vol. 2: Clinton Didn’t Delete TPP From Her Book, Trump Just Didn’t Read It


In Volume Two of our fact checking in depth look into Donald Trump’s June 22nd “Clinton Speech,” we examine the claim that Hillary Clinton removed entirely the passages from her book where she showed support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal that she subsequently denounced in October of 2015. In that speech Trump made the following claim:

Hillary Clinton has also been the biggest promoter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will ship millions more of our jobs overseas and give up congressional power to an international foreign commission. Now, because I pointed out why it would be such a disastrous deal, she’s pretending that she’s against it.

She’s given, and deleted, as you know — and most people have heard about this. “Have we ever heard about her deleting anything? No, I don’t think so — she deleted the entire record from her book. And deletion is something she really does know something about, because she’s deleted at least 30,000 emails.

To say that she deleted the entire record of her support of the TPP is simply not true. The two pages dealing with her encouragement of the deal had the page numbers changed to accommodate the paperback format and editing in other parts of the book, but otherwise remained unchanged. They used to be on pages 77 and 78 in the hardcover edition and are now on pages 69 and 70 in the paperback. You can see a complete record of all of the edits here.

Here is the only part about the TPP that was edited out, on page 254 of the hardback:

So we worked hard to improve and ratify trade agreements with Colombia and Panama and encouraged Canada and the group of countries that became known as the Pacific Alliance — Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile — all open-market democracies driving toward a more prosperous future to join negotiations with Asian nations on TPP, the trans-Pacific trade agreement.

So, a small portion of her encouragement towards other countries was edited out, but the two pages that dealt with her support were left in. Hardly “deleting the entire record.” Polifact rated this claim as “Pants On Fire,” a designation only reserved for the most brazen of lies.



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