TRADE ROAD SHOW: President Obama is set to tour Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., on Friday as part of his on-the-road campaign promoting his trade agenda and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and 11 other countries.
“The President is looking forward to visiting the Nike headquarters and using it to illustrate how a responsible trade agreement that includes enforceable labor and environmental standards would strongly benefit middle-class families and the American economy,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a daily press briefing this week. “And that’s why the President is pursing that kind of agreement with a dozen or so countries in the Asia-Pacific. And we are trying to work in bipartisan fashion to pass trade promotion authority legislation that would make it easier to reach that agreement.”
As an aside, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who recently revealed he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has caused a dust-up over Obama’s visit to Nike. In a letter to Obama, he called on the President to cancel the trip, condemning what he claimed is Nike’s “legacy of offshoring American jobs and exploiting low-wage workers.”
Sanders’ letter symbolizes opposition Obama faces from within his own party on his trade agenda, which has the support of GOP leadership in Congress.