The United States and Japan will look to lead a "swift and successful conclusion" to negotiations over the highly contested Trans-Pacific Partnership, U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
Speaking next to visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington, Obama contended that the 12-country trade deal will "level the playing field" and benefit workers in the U.S. and Japan. Some officials in the U.S. and abroad—including members of Obama's Democratic Party—have voiced opposition to a potential agreement.
Obama downplayed concerns jobs would leave the U.S. and foreign companies would not strictly enforce environmental standards. He touted "strong protections" for workers.