Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former The big apple Mayor Michael Bloomberg in addition to a few business and government leaders are headed towards Oval Office on Friday to share the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The meeting gives Obama a way to listen to a bipartisan group on how the troubled 12-nation trade pact, if passed, would profit the country and ways in which they will often interact to utilise the deal.
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During the meeting, Obama will also mention his recent day at Asia – "which only underscored how important the TPP is to our leadership role within the region" – as well as what sort of United States’ standing in the Asia-Pacific region shall be damaged when the deal will not be passed, a White House official said.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson can also be most likely to have attendance with the meeting, and even IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis.
Kasich and Bloomberg are classified as longtime supporters of trade deals, including TPP. They, with the other expected White Visitors, "are representative of the broad coalition who has come together to retain the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” the White House said.
The meeting comes on the heels within the Obama administration’s filing on the trade enforcement case against China the 2009 week simply days before U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman heads to Dallas, Texas, where he’s most likely to discuss the sweeping trade agreement and talk to with former president George W. Bush.
The compilation of events belongs to the administration’s all-out push to win support for any agreement, particularly from key political leaders within the Republican side who could help sway votes in Congress. The administration still hopes to pass the offer through Congress before Obama leaves office in January, but he’s facing increasing pressure from top congressional leaders within parties that have turned against it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said through the summer recess how the pact will not occur for your vote this season, while House Speaker Paul Ryan said yesterday that if it did come before Congress, "it will go lower."
Democrats, meanwhile, are already largely pulled far from supporting the offer amid pressure from labor unions and environmental groups to be removed against it.
Both major-party presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have expressed opposition to the deal.
Kasich, who dropped away from the Republican presidential primary in May, has yet to endorse Trump.