Obama: We Will Shape An International Order That Works For Our People


President Obama touted the benefits of globalism in a joint press conference Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Obama said "protectionism or anti-trade arguments" are prescriptions that will not work and promised the "international order" will help those who have been neglected by free trade.

"We can't disengage," Obama said about the U.S.'s involvement in the world. "We got to engage more. And if we combine that with investments in education and tax policies that are fair and making sure that college is affordable and we're strengthening the safety net and we're rebuilding our infrastructure, which are jobs that cannot be exported."

"What is absolutely true is too many folks who have been in charge around the world have neglected that side of the equation," Obama said about workers negatively affected by trade agreements. "So we're going to keep on pushing hard to shape an international order that works for our people. But we're not going to be able to do that by cutting off trade because that's going to make all of us poor."

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