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Jonathan Swan Jan 23, 2017
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AFL-CIO statement on Trump’s TPP withdrawal signals coalition theft

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka talks to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka didn't mention Donald Trump's name, but he didn't have to. What he said Monday in response to Trump's move to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement gives the new President plenty of juice to continue his outreach to organized labor.

The headline for Trumka's statement on the AFL-CIO website would hardly be different if it were written by Trump's nationalist speechwriter Stephen Miller:

QuoteTPP Withdrawal Good First Step Toward Building Trade Policies that Benefit Working People