U.S. President Barack Obama says he thinks the Trans-Pacific Partnership is an area in which he can work with Congress next year. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama, fighting the "lame duck" label for presidents whose clout wanes in their final months of office, said on Friday (December 18) he will spend the last year of his presidency working to preserve gains and make a last push on a few key issues, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. "It meets the bar that I set. It is consistent with what I promised, which is the most pro-labor, pro-environment, progressive trade deal in history," Obama said. Obama said he thinks U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan would also like to get the deal done, but he also recognized that he was facing opposition from congressional members on both sides of the aisle.