President Trump jeered at Biden’s admission that NAFTA was “a mistake” during an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
At his Michigan rally, the President told a crowd in Freeland, MI that Biden “said he made a mistake, he doesn’t know what’s going on. They were a little surprised to hear that, they gave him a few chances.”
Trump cited the Democratic nominee’s interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper when Biden conceded that the President’s US-Mexico-Canada agreement is superior to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
“It is better than NAFTA,” Biden admitted, then pivoted into an accusation. “But look at what the overall trade policy has been, even with NAFTA? We now have this gigantic deficit in trade with Mexico. Not because NAFTA wasn’t made better, because overall trade policy and how he deals with it made everything worse.”
Trump cracked a joke at the response. “I have the distinct pleasure of running against the worst presidential candidate in presidential politics. Can you imagine if I lost to him?”
The President continued by slamming the former VP for “offshoring Michigan’s jobs, outsourcing Michigan’s factories, throwing open your borders, dragging us into endless foreign wars, and surrendering our children’s future to China.”
One day earlier, Biden also held a rally in Michigan, where he blamed Bush’s White House for NAFTA’s failure, despite voting for the agreement. “Number one, the Bush administration did not keep a commitment on NAFTA, that’s number one.”
Biden also claimed that he, not the President, is responsible for bringing jobs to the auto industry. “I was in charge of the recovery act which brought back hundreds and thousands of thousands of jobs brought back here, they were made out of the proposal that Barack and I put together.”
Trump’s response was effectively brutal. “Yesterday, Joe Biden was here in Michigan lying about his lifetime of cold-hearted globalist betrayals,” he stated. “You better vote for me, Michigan, I gave you so many auto plants.”