Obama Warns U.S. Will Be ‘Left Behind’ Without Trade Deal

President Obama is accusing Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and other critics of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership of promoting isolationism, Newsmax reported.

The president declared while visiting Laos, one of the countries that would be involved in the trade agreement: “If you are the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think, you know, ‘we’re so big, we don’t really have to know anything about other people.’ That’s part of what I’m trying to change, because this is actually the region that’s going to grow faster than anyplace else in the world.”

Obama told his Asian audience that “if we aren’t here interacting and learning from you, and understanding the culture of the region, then we’ll be left behind.” He added: “We have to be able to promote principles that rise above any individual religion, nationality, race; and that’s what we’ve been trying to promote — not always successfully. Not everybody in America agrees with me on this, by the way. I’ll leave it at that.”

While Obama did not mention Trump’s name, he clearly was referring to the Republican presidential nominee when he criticized erecting a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and prohibiting Muslims from entering the United States. “When times are tough and people feel stressed, they turn on others who don’t look like them,” Obama said. “So we have to fight against that.”

Source: Newsmax
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