AFL-CIO’s Trumka: WH Officials We Could Have Worked With on Trade ‘Turned Out to Be Racist’

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently stepped down from the White House American Manufacturing Council, citing President Trump’s response to Charlottesville. And now he’s sounding off on “racists” in the White House.

Trumka said there were “two factions” in the White House he observed: the Wall Streeters and the people who had policies on trade he could have supported.

Unfortunately, as he added, there was one tiny problem:

“They turned out to be racist.”

This is what Trumka had to say, in full, about those “two factions” in the White House at the Christian Science Monitor breakfast this morning:

“You had two factions in the White House. You had one faction that actually had some of the policies that we would have supported on trade and infrastructure, but they turned out to be racist. And on the other hand, you had people who weren’t racist, but they were Wall Streeters. And the Wall Streeters began to dominate the administration and have moved his agenda back to everything that I think they fought against in the election.”

He also talked about his decision to leave the manufacturing council. You can watch above, via C-SPAN.

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