CNN Trade Unionist and former President Joe Biden said the Senate Democrats plan to pass a deal with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday is “not worth” the paperit’s written, and he wants it to be withdrawn.
“It’s not worth the ink it’s printed on,” Biden told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an interview published Sunday.
“This is a negotiation, not a deal, and I think it’s just not worth it.”
He said the deal would be a “major defeat for American workers.”
Biden is an ardent proponent of trade with India, one of the world’s largest economies, and a member of the Senate’s “no” side on the Trade Promotion Authority, the power of Congress to pass trade agreements.
He said he wants to work with the White House and Congress to create an environment that promotes investment and growth, but also a trade agreement that protects workers.
Biden’s comments come after Biden called on Congress to reject a trade deal in a tweet Monday with a photo of himself holding a U.S. flag.
The tweet was a reference to the fact that the Senate is currently considering a deal that would include India in a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s trade policies, including the country’s high-speed rail and auto industries.
Bipartisan support for a trade pact with India would likely be a tough sell for Biden.
Biden and his Democratic Party are the most vulnerable Senate incumbents in the 2016 presidential election, with the party trailing in both the battleground states of Florida and Ohio.
The Senate vote on the trade agreement is scheduled for Tuesday, but the deal could be derailed if Democrats are unable to win enough support to block the deal, which would set aside a “fast-track” authority that would allow it to move forward without a two-thirds majority in both chambers.