From: Alex Leary [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:15 PM
To: Velz, Peter
Subject: In-town print pool No. 3
First, we have travel/photo lid.
See pool No. 2 for background, names of people who attended meeting with POTUS.
Pool was in room for a couple minutes at end of meeting.
POTUS talked about making American-made products available across the world, and emphasized effort should benefit small and mid-sized companies not just big corporations.
"Ninety-five percent of the customers in the world are outside our borders. And we've got to make sure that we're able to sell to them. And when we do, our companies thrive. This is one of the reasons why I am pursuing the kind of trade authority that allows me, working with members of Congress, to pry open these markets and make sure there is a level playing field ... We already have one of the most open markets in the world. People are already selling to us. But often times it's not reciprocal."
"The perception sometimes is that the trade agenda is only important for big companies, big corporations ... Well, the group that's sitting around here is made up of small business people or medium-sized business people who are seeing their businesses directly benefit from exporting, as well a couple mayors -- Mayor Nutter and Mayor Buckhorn, Philadelphia and Tampa respectively -- who can account for hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars of sales coming out of the region as a consequence of exports."
POTUS referred to some of the small business owners in the room. "This is not just the Boeings and the General Electrics that benefit ... And I want to make sure that that story gets told because we're going to make a big push to level the playing field."
He said trade deals would reflect labor and environmental protections and secure intellectual property. "But we're going to pry those markets open."
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