Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took a jab at President Donald Trump on Monday over his decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) via an executive action, making McCain one of the few high-profile politicians to express support for the largely reviled trade deal.
“President Trump’s decision to formally withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a serious mistake that will have lasting consequences for America’s economy and our strategic position in the Asia-Pacific region,” the senator said in a statement.
“It will send a troubling signal of American disengagement in the Asia-Pacific region at a time we can least afford it,” McCain added, claiming that China would now have free reign to rewrite the rules of commerce in the region.
Trump earned bipartisan support for the decision to withdraw from the deal, a holdover from the Obama administration that was widely criticized for being too secretive and overly geared toward benefiting multi-national corporations at the expense of working families in America and abroad.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) released a statement on Monday offering rare praise for the president, insisting that he would work with Trump in pursuit of his “America First” campaign promise. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) also criticized Obama over the trade deal for allegedly selling out Rust Belt workers.