AFL-CIO President 'Applauds' Trump on Trade, But Gives His Record a Thumbs Down

Richard Trumka, president of the U.S.’s largest labor group, AFL-CIO, appreciates President Donald Trump’s stance on trade. However, as it stands now, the president does not have a record that helps workers, according to Trumka.

“I applaud him for his willingness to take on trade and having a different paradigm on trade,” Trumka told Rick Newman at Yahoo Finance’s All Market Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. “What we tried to do since day one is call balls and strikes. When he does stuff good for workers, we say it.”

The union leader, who presides over almost 13 million members, said that it wasn’t clear whether Trump’s solutions would be sufficient, and whether the improvements in the new trade policies will outweigh the stuff that was “ceded to corporate America.”

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