Extract from “Obama says he can work with Congress to pass TPP deal”

President Obama expressed optimism at a Friday press conference that Congress can approve a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal.

Obama called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “a big deal” and acknowledged that opponents in both parties make for “an interesting situation.”

He said the White House will need to “stitch together the same kind of bipartisan effort” that helped his administration win a fight over fast-track trade authority.

The president argued that the trade pact between the United States and 11 other nations meets the bar he set for the agreement and is consistent with what he promised — major commitments on labor and the environment along with the elimination of thousands of tariffs on U.S. exports. Obama repeated his call that the TPP is the “most progressive trade deal in history.”

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