Obama will push labor unions to back free trade agreements
U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged differences within his own Democratic Party on free trade agreements that he supports and vowed to make a strong case for trade to Congress.
Obama said free trade is “tough politics” among some lawmakers because many Americans feel their wages and income have stagnated as a result of foreign trade.
He said his argument to U.S. labor unions and environmental groups concerned about the impact of free-trade agreements is that they are accepting a status quo that is damaging to American workers.
“Part of my argument to Democrats is: don’t fight the last war,” Obama told the Business Roundtable, referring to past battles over free trade.
(Reporting By Steve Holland, Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Susan Heavey)