Trumka: Donald Trump ‘unfit to be president’

trumka franceAs France braces for rolling transportation strikes in protest against the government’s controversial labour reforms, FRANCE 24 spoke to Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the largest US federation of trade unions.

Trumka, who was in Paris for an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forum, discussed a wide range of issues, including the strikes in France and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“There’s a lot of unrest, a lot of anger and a lot of frustration among working people.  The rules of the economy have been set against us for the last 30 or 40 years, and people are just tired of it,” Trumka said of the labour reform protests in France.

“I’m a big fan of mobilisation.  I think citizens have a right and an obligation to get into the streets to make their positions known and to petition their government to change policies that are bad for working people,” he added.

Trumka also spoke out against Trump, who he said posed a threat to American workers.

“When you look at Donald Trump, you have to say three things:  one, he’s unfit to be president; two, he’d make it harder for working people to make ends meet; and three, he would tear our country apart,” he said.  “As a result of that, we’re going out and educating our members, and we give them the facts about him.  You get past the bluster and all of his one-liners, [and] they start to say, ‘He’s not good for Americans like us.’”

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