Regarding the Dallas Morning News editorial upbraiding Trump for pulling out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a few facts the editorial ignored:
That newspaper endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016, who at one time referred to TPP as the “gold standard” of trade agreements. But she reversed her stance after polling data showed this position hurt her. The newspaper criticizes Trump for keeping a campaign promise but gives a pass to Clinton even though she was blowing with the wind.
Her refutation of the agreement went unmentioned for three reasons: It would have exposed the paper’s anti-Trump bias; she lost and is irrelevant; and anyone could see that her stated position was a ruse.
The newspaper glossed how was Trump able to disclaim the agreement with no input from Congress. Before Trump and Clinton raised objections to the TPP, Obama officials signaled he would submit it to Congress, seeking a favorable vote. After the political tides turned, he elected not to do so, keeping it alive for the next president and Congress to consider.
Obama knew the people’s representatives in the Senate wouldn’t have gone along with its ratification. Thus, he signed an agreement which had the shelf life of his presidency, a long eight years.
For the record, I agree, as a matter of policy, with the editorial. But its purpose was not to open up a debate about a matter of public import. Instead, it was motivated by a desire to show the world that Orange Man Bad.