"I think his policies around free trade will be damaging to businesses as a whole," said Whitman, a Republican who waged an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in California in 2010. "We have to be the most cost-effective competitor in the world. We've got to compete against Huawei, against Lenovo, … so, we've got to be incredibly cost effective."
"If we are prohibited from manufacturing in the right locations, that means that jobs in the United States will be in jeopardy because Hewlett Packard Enterprise won't thrive," Whitman added in the "Squawk on the Street" interview. "I am a big proponent of free trade. I think everyone knows free trade is the right thing for American business and American workers."