Hillary Clinton tells PBS she opposes major international trade deal

Clinton opposes TPP: PBS interview

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said she does not support a key international trade deal backed by the Obama administration.

Clinton contended the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an accord reached Monday by the United States and 11 other nations, would not meet her standards for creating jobs and boosting wages for Americans. In a statement, Clinton said she would support a "strong and fair trade agreement in the Pacific" but felt the deal in its current form posed too many risks.

"The bar here is very high and, based on what I have seen, I don't believe this agreement has met it," she said.

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The deal still needs approval from Congress, which has 90 days to review it before a vote. Lawmakers previously granted President Barack Obama "fast-track authority" to negotiate and propose the agreement.

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Clinton's opposition to the TPP, first reported by PBS, comes after she previously supported a deal as Obama's secretary of state.

The TPP reduces trade barriers and tariffs while setting labor and environmental standards. Key officials on both sides of the aisle have criticized the accord at times, with some Democrats saying it does not go far enough to protect workers and the environment.

Clinton's closest competitor for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has previously denounced the deal. Her stance on the agreement comes after she publicly opposed the Keystone XL pipeline after a long period of offering little detail on the policy.