Obama in Secret Pact With World’s Largest Muslim Country
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President Obama says the U.S. and the world’s largest Muslim country will merge their economies under an agreement whose terms have not been disclosed to Congress or the public.
After Obama met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the White House Monday, Widodo said, “Indonesia intends to join the TPP,” referring to the TransPacific Partnership.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world with 250 million people. Obama attended elementary school in the country.
“I have a very personal interest in Indonesia given the fact that I spent time there as a child and have relatives who are Indonesian,” Obama said.
The TPP is a sweeping global regulatory pact. It establishes an international authority that will write rules for merging the U.S. economy with other countries in the partnership.
The administration reached an agreement on the TPP with 11 countries on four continents after negotiations that lasted more than five years. Indonesia was not involved in the negotiations.
But neither Congress nor the public have been allowed to see the final agreement the administration has negotiated. The president has not released the text of the agreement or the numerous side agreements attached to the TPP.
The administration describes the TPP as a “living agreement” that will be updated and which other countries can join in the future.
China, South Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan also have expressed interest in joining the TPP economic union.
But it appears the U.S. Congress will not have any say in the matter.
Earlier this year, Congress granted the president “fast track” trade promotion authority to negotiate the TPP and surrendered its ability to change whatever agreement the president proposes.
An amendment to the fast track bill would have required congressional approval before China could join the TPP. But the amendment, opposed by GOP leadership and the president, was defeated.
The unilateral move by the president to bring Indonesia into the TPP confirms charges by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., that Congress will have no role in approving changes as the partnership grows.
Sessions read the draft of the TPP agreement earlier this year and described it as “a nascent European Union.”
Like the European Union, the Transpacific Partnership calls for the free flow of people, goods and capital among member countries.