EXPOSED: US plot to add Turkey to hated EU trade deal AFTER it is signed off by Brussels
15:52, Tue, Oct 11, 2016 | UPDATED: 21:18, Tue, Oct 11, 2016
Source: Hillary Clinton wants to add Turkey to EU’s TTIP trade deal, Podesta Emails leak shows | World | News | Daily Express
EXCLUSIVE: TURKEY is set to be bolted on to a controversial EU-US trade deal after it has been signed off by European countries if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, Express.co.uk can reveal today.
Leaked e-mails from the inbox of her campaign chairman reveal how the Democrat candidate could try to sidestep EU parliaments by bringing Ankara in on the controversial pact.In the unverified material, America’s former ambassador to Brussels reveals how Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “upset” at not being included in negotiations on the free trade deal, and suggests ways to keep him on side.They include retrospectively adding Turkey to the agreement and manipulating the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to pump even more money into the country’s economy.
Hillary Clinton’s team have suggested adding Turkey to an EU-US trade deal
Such a move would give Ankara unprecedented access and influence on both US and European markets, despite severe concerns over the future direction of Mr Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian government.The shock revelations are bound to cause fury in capital cities across Europe, coming at a time when Turkey’s proposed membership of the bloc seems further away than ever due to an ongoing purge of moderates.They come as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is teetering on the brink of collapse, with politicians on both sides of the Atlantic increasingly turning their backs on it.
The TTIP pact has sparked furious protests across Europe
Turkey’s Recep Erdogan was said to be upset at being excluded from the EU pact
Mrs Clinton has even signalled in recent weeks that she would block the deal if she became the next US President as part of a tough new stance on free trade.But her public remarks are in stark contrast to the contents of her campaign team’s private communications, which reveal how the Democrat candidate is an avowed supporter of unrestricted movement of people and goods globally.And in an e-mail to her foreign policy advisor Jake Sullivan, sent on January 17 this year, the former US ambassador to the EU, Stu Eizenstat, indicated that the deal would go ahead under Mrs Clinton’s leadership.He wrote: “Turkey is upset by not being in the TTIP negotiations, fearing they will lose markets in Europe and the US.“We cannot add them, but should make clear that after an agreement, they can accede.
“We can also stress the importance of Turkey as an energy hub in the region. We can do more to help (e.g. through the IMF) with their economy.”
The new e-mail release comes amid a growing storm over Mrs Clinton’s conviction in her policies, which has been sparked by revelations that she told Wall Street bankers she had different public and private positions on a range of issues.The furore will intensify today after the latest batch of internal e-mails, released by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, show that the Democrat passionately backed borderless free trade in a speech to financiers.Mrs Clinton has vowed to put on hold and even scrap a whole host of proposed free trade agreements, including TTIP and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPA), amid a backlash from working class American voters.But in a paid speech to financiers at the Brazilian institution Banco Itaú, delivered in May 2013, she struck a very different tone, speaking about her “dream” of unfettered trade across the northern hemisphere.Tony Carrk, the campaign’s research director, revealed that she said: “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”
She later added: “Governments can either make it easy or make it hard and we have to resist, protectionism, other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade and I would like to see this get much more attention and be not just a policy for a year under president X or president Y but a consistent one.”
The remarks will go down incredibly badly with blue collar workers across America’s so-called Rust Belt, who have been flocking to Donald Trump’s campaign over his promise to restrict free trade and bring back factory jobs.And they will once more leave the Democrat open to accusations of hypocrisy and insincerity, with opponents likely to question how her fundamental views on global trade could have altered so drastically in the space of two years.Mrs Clinton’s campaign team has not officially confirmed or denied the authenticity of the emails.However, today her press secretary Brian Fallon tweeted: “If you are going to write about materials issued by @wikileaks, you should at least state they are product of illegal hack by a foreign govt.”Her supporters believe that Russia was responsible for hacking into the emails – a claim that WikiLeaks has denied.