President Donald Trump slammed AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka early Labor Day morning, accusing him of speaking against working people and the United States in a weekend TV appearance.
“Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, represented his union poorly on television this weekend,” Trump tweeted. “Some of the things he said were so againt [sic] the working men and women of our country, and the success of the U.S. itself, that it is easy to see why unions are doing so poorly. A Dem!”
On Sunday, Trumka criticized Trump during a Fox News interview saying the president has not done enough for the nation’s workers.
“We said when he [Trump] was elected that when he did something good for workers, we’d support him,” Trumka, who leads the country’s largest group of labor unions, told “Fox News Sunday.” “When he did something bad for workers, we’d oppose him.”
Trumka said that while employment figures are good, wages are down and gas prices are up, “so workers really aren’t doing that well.”
He also said he doesn’t think a revised North American Free Trade Agreement will work without Canada, but he does think the current pact “has had a devastating effect on workers.”
Little more than 10 minutes later, Trump followed up with a more traditional Labor Day message.
“Happy Labor Day! Our country is doing better than ever before with unemployment setting record lows,” his Twitter post said. “The U.S. has tremendous upside potential as we go about fixing some of the worst Trade Deals ever made by any country in the world. Big progress being made!”
In yet another Twitter post issued 45 minutes later on Monday, Trump said: “The Worker in America is doing better than ever before. Celebrate Labor Day!”
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