“He’s in favor of TPP and every other trade deal that he’s ever looked at.”
GOP nominee Donald Trump warned Sunday that Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, is an establishment insider who is under the thumb of the financial elite.
Appearing on NBC’s Meet The Press, Trump took aim at Kaine, saying that Hillary’s decision to pick him would only help Trump gain more supporters.
“I was shocked. I love it from my standpoint.” said Trump, adding “He’s bought and owned by the banks.”
“He’s in favor of TPP and every other trade deal that he’s ever looked at,” Trump said, referring to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership supported by Kaine.
“Now, he’s going to change. Don’t worry about that. … It’s OK. He is going to change his tune. And I understand he’s now going to say, ‘I’m against TPP.’” Trump added.
“Hillary Clinton was totally in favor of TPP, which is the job killer, right? So was he.” Trump noted.
“When she watched me on your show and other shows,” Trump told Chuck Todd, “all of a sudden she changed, because she knows she can’t win that in the debate.”
Trump also went after Kaine for taking “over $160,000 of gifts” while he was governor of Virginia.
“They said, ‘Well, they weren’t really gifts, they were suits and trips and lots of different things,’ all for $160,000,” Trump said, also comparing Kaine to his successor, former Republican governor Bob McDonnell, who was recently cleared by the U.S. Supreme Court of corruption convictions related to gifts he took while in office.
“I believe it was Bob McDonnell, in the meantime, he had to go to the United States Supreme Court to get out of going to jail,” Trump noted.
“Bob McDonnell took a fraction of what Kaine took. And I think, to me, it’s a big problem. Now, how do you take all these gifts? Hundreds of thousands of dollars.” Trump asked.
Trump also said that he sees the pick of Kaine as an establishment Democratic rebuke aimed at Bernie Sanders.
“What happened with the choice of Tim Kaine was a slap in the face to Bernie Sanders and everybody,” he said, adding that Sanders “has been gamed, it’s a rigged system against him.”