Anti-TPP signs flooded the Democratic National Convention on Monday along with jeers of people holding them. Many people watching abroad wondered, “what is TPP?”
TPP refers to the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal signed by President Barack Obama in February that has yet to be ratified by congress. The deal includes 11 other countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) and is thought to be a move of economic growth, however opposition disagrees.
There are democratic critics of the TPP like senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren warn against the deal for fear of outsourcing jobs away from American soil. Other critics claim many of the negotiations were completed in secrecy.
In 2012, Hillary Clinton supported the TPP, calling it the “Gold Stamdard” of trade, however retracted in late 2015 citing the deal did not meet her standards.