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US trade rep makes the case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership




A truck heads into the APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles as the sun begins to set
A truck heads into the APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles as the sun begins to set
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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman spent years leading negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the biggest trade deal in history.

It covers a wide swath of the global economy and governs everything from drug patents to rice.

"Through this trade agreement, we'll be reducing or eliminating barriers and that's going to make it easier to export more from the United States, from California," he says.

But while 12 nations have signed on, Froman and the Obama administration have to get approval from U.S. Congress and the public.

"We want to keep jobs in the United States and grow those jobs, and tear down those barriers so there's an incentive to stay here," he argues.

It's uncertain how well that statement resonates when there's vehement opposition to the TPP on both sides of the political aisle.

Ambassador Froman joins Take Two to make his case for how the TPP is a great deal for the Californian economy.