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President Obama, in an interview posted online on Saturday, took a swipe at Dem Senator Elizabeth Warren, a champion of the left by suggesting that she was motivated by politics in her battle against his proposed Pacific trade deal.
President Obama went after Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her increasingly pointed critiques of a proposed trade deal he supports.
“She’s absolutely wrong,” Obama told Yahoo News in an interview published Saturday.
The comments come after Warren said the deal might eventually undo Wall Street reform, one of Obama’s signature achievements and a major issue for Warren and her supporters.
The White House responded that the Trans-Pacific Partnership would specifically prevent that unless Congress overrode the provision with a vote.
Obama, in an unusually frank critique, suggested Warren was seeking to bolster her political brand by going after the deal and that she was going too far in floating “hypotheticals.”
“The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else. And you know, she’s got a voice that she wants to get out there. And I understand that,” Obama said, according to Yahoo.
“On most issues, she and I deeply agree. On this one, though, her arguments don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny.”