The Associated Press — This is a very good opportunity for a president and a vice president who are both working on a single-issue agenda, Joe Biden said Wednesday, a day after President Joe Biden was nominated to be the next secretary of commerce.
Biden is a strong advocate for a trade agreement between the United States and 12 other countries that he hopes could help reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil and ease the burden on American workers.
Biden made the remarks in his first public remarks since announcing his candidacy for the White House.
He also announced a partnership with the AFL-CIO that would provide training to workers on the issue of corporate welfare.
Biden said he hopes to have a final trade agreement signed by the end of the year.
But he acknowledged that he has not yet seen the final text of the TPP.
He did say he supports a bilateral trade agreement with Japan, which has been a favorite of Democrats, because of the potential benefits to U.S. workers.
The White House had initially said Biden was going to be testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee this week, but later reversed that.
Biden was asked Wednesday why he was not doing that.
He said he didn’t think it would be productive.
“I’m not going to tell you what I’m going to do, I’m not, because I don’t think anybody knows that, but I’m working on the best way to do it,” Biden said.
“What I am saying is that if we can get it done, we will be able to make a difference.”
Biden is expected to unveil a new plan for how the administration will negotiate the agreement, which is being crafted by President Joe O’Malley, the son of Democratic vice president Joe Biden and the son-in-law of Vice President Joe Rumsfeld.
The two sides will meet in Washington, D.C., on April 13.
Biden also will announce an effort to create a federal agency that will oversee the negotiations.
Biden has said he will appoint a successor to the late President Jimmy Carter, who had worked for the AFL and was widely admired for working to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.K. During his confirmation hearings, Biden had said he was interested in helping workers, but he has yet to reveal his plans.
He has previously criticized former President Barack Obama for not doing enough to support U.C.I.O. workers and the UAW.
“If you can’t bring workers back, what are you going to offer?”
Biden said on Wednesday.
“There are a lot of good people on both sides of the aisle who have worked very hard and are really committed to getting this done.”
Biden’s comments come after Trump announced on Monday that he would reject the TPP, saying the deal was “not good for our country and I will never sign it.”
Trump has said that he will withdraw the U-turn and “make America great again.”
He has not made a decision on a trade deal with Mexico yet, but it has been widely expected that he might, including during his campaign.
“He said he would never sign a trade pact with Mexico, but the deal he’s negotiating with China and others, I believe, is a disaster,” O’Leary said on CNBC Wednesday.
O’Reilly on Biden Biden’s nomination: ‘He’s a really smart guy’ O’REILLY: Biden has a really good record of accomplishment.
Biden will be a really, really smart president.
HEYMAN: I don’t think he will sign the TPP because it is bad for America and he’ll never sign that deal.
I think he’ll sign the agreement he is negotiating with other countries.
Biden: The thing I don t understand is he’s a smart guy.
He understands the politics.
HEISMAN: Well, he understands the political realities of the situation and he will do the right thing.