Obama appoints Republican John Kasich to negotiate TPP trade deal
US president Barack Obama Friday appointed Ohio Governor John Kasich to press for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on Friday.
Obama has surprised all by his move that shows how determined the president is to fix the strategic deal for US favour.
Reportedly, Obama called Kasich to White House Oval Office later and discussed ways to overcome the uncertainties over the TPP.
This new truce between the popular duo is viewed as White House’s last-ditch efforts to persuade the Republican senators to give their node to the deal a “lame duck” session once the elections is over on November 8.
“We cannot get to the point in America that because a Democrat wants something, you can’t agree with them,” Kasich appealed to Republican lawmakers later to support the deal. He termed the deal is vital for the economy of the U.S. and also to thwart both China and Russia.
“Right now, China is pushing hard to create their own trade agreement,” Obama was quoted as saying in the Oval Office by Reuters.
“I promise you that China’s not going to be setting up a bunch of rules that are going to be to the advantage of American companies and American businesses,” Obama stated.
Former Republican Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, International Business Machines Corp Chief Executive Officer Virginia Rometty and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg were also present at the meeting.
Republicans have been favorable to free trade deals, but Donald Trump, has criticised the Obama administration for job losses and threatened he will scrap it if he comes to power.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed that TPP may not get passed in Senate this year, while House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said there is no chance for it to get enough votes in Senate.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is also against the deal, which has been opposed by labor unions and ecological groups.