Fw: Print Pool Report 4

From: Friedman, Dan [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 04:22 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N.
Subject: Print Pool Report 4

A number of people asked about excerpts of President Obama’s interview on Trade Promotion Authority airing tonight. Though this was not sent exclusively, for those who haven't received, here is a release MSNBC sent after pooler asked about excerpts.


More from Chris Matthews’ Exclusive Interview with President Obama on Tonight’s “Hardball”

Chris Matthews’ exclusive with President Obama will air tonight on “Hardball.”  During the interview which was taped earlier today at the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce in Virginia, the President addressed the threat of Iran, the news that the US has warships ready to intercept an Iranian weapons convoy off the coast of Yemen, Putin's decision to sell missiles to the Iranians, and the terrors engulfing Africa.

Matthews also moderated a discussion between the President, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and local small business owners focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Here is a highlight from the roundtable:

Matthews: Mr. President, obviously the hot question. U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is out there saying things like this about the trade agreement we’re going to talk about today. “It’s going to help the rich get richer and leave everyone else behind.” She also says it challenges U.S. sovereignty. They’re throwing the kitchen sink at this trade agreement which will involve 11 nations and ourselves on the Pacific Rim. Why are they saying these things?

Obama: Well I guess they don’t want it to happen. And I love Elizabeth. We’re allies on a whole host of issues. But she’s wrong on this.

Obama: Chris, think about it. I’ve spent the last six and half years yanking this economy out of the worst recession since the great depression. Every single think I’ve done from the Affordable Care Act to pushing to raise the minimum wage to making sure that young people are able to go to college and get good job training to what we’re pushing now in terms of sick pay leave. Everything I do has been focused on how do we make sure the middle class is getting a fair deal. Now I would not be doing this trade deal if I did not think it was good for the middle class. 12:09:00 And when you hear folks make a lot of suggestions about how bad this trade deal is, when you dig into the facts they are wrong.

Full transcript will be available at 7pm et.

Dan Friedman

Senior Washington Correspondent

New York Daily News





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