March 11th, 2010
06:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama set to unveil details of trade agenda

President Obama is set Thursday to announce new details of his free trade agenda.
President Obama is set Thursday to announce new details of his free trade agenda.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will announce Thursday new details of his free trade agenda that is intended to grow the economy, a White House official said.

In his State of the Union address in January, Obama set a goal of doubling exports over the next five years to support two million American jobs. The National Export Initiative, he said, would be a government-wide, presidential-level export promotion strategy aimed at championing U.S. workers and businesses by providing the necessary tools to keep the nation competitive and help create new jobs.

Obama is expected Thursday to lay out specific goals of the initiative, the official said.

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  1. Dem from AZ

    Our President is working hard for us Americans on many fronts. Keep up the good fight Pres. Obama

    March 11, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  2. randro

    Oh great......another agenda.

    March 11, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Detail this..........

    Brazil just raised tariffs on U.S. goods by 30-100%....WHY? Because of Obama subsidies to the U.S. cotton industry.....

    Obama is starting a trade war reminiscent of the 30's.

    March 11, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    The number one trade agenda, of the US, should be to re-patriate manufacturing to the US.

    Failure to do so, will become a failed trade policy.

    March 11, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Andy

    How many billions will this cost and how many jobs will we loose?Last free trade was a disaster for American jobs.

    March 11, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. File under "Sarcasm"

    "championing U.S. workers and businesses". God, that sounds like more professorial lectures from the Campaigner in Chief! Maybe he'll make them overseas at least.

    March 11, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  7. Jeff in Houston

    Dear Mr. President:

    Here is a simple way to write trade agreements.

    Let the other country write them up. Smile when you receive the document. Then, everywhere their name is inserted, but the USA, and vice versa. Hand it back to them.

    If they like it, sign it.

    If they don't like it, tell them to jump.

    Real easy.

    March 11, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    Revoking all H1-B visas would be a good start towards bringing jobs back to Americans. There are an awful lot of unemployed computer professionals out there. Have a nice day!

    P.S. Buy made in U.S.A. and you'll be helping as well!

    March 11, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Start by passing the South Korea and Columbia free trade pacts that have been languishing.

    March 11, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. al in memphis

    What is this President doing? Does he know that he should be spending his time politicing and putting down the opposition party? That is how you maintain power by brainwashing us with statements about what the American people don't want.

    Government should stay out of business issues, banking issues, health care issues, credit card issues, campaign contribution issues, and anything else where the American people don't have a voice.
    Previous policies have allow jobs to go overseas and no one complained because it boost profits of a small group. Now that we have lost our manufaturing domainance, US has to be promoted.

    Let's see how many business complain that this is not a good idea.

    March 11, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Not Blue, Not Red, but Purple

    NAFTA 2 – The bad sequel.

    March 11, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Right. The only export this clown is going to double is the export of our jobs to India and China. Bubba started that in the 90's with NAFTA. The thought was that the Mexicans would buy our stuff. Yeah, they're buying our stuff all right, but there coming here illegally to do it, then "forgetting" their way back.

    March 11, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Monkey wrench

    In his State of the Union address in January, Obama set a goal of doubling exports over the next five years to support two million American jobs. The National Export Initiative, he said, would be a government-wide, presidential-level export promotion strategy aimed at championing U.S. workers and businesses by providing the necessary tools to keep the nation competitive and help create new jobs.
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    What competitive U.S. workers and businesses is he talking about, Unions and massive Corporations? Out of one side of his mouth he's saying he is going to create competitive manufacturing jobs, out of the other side he is propping up Unions and has the EPA declaring a FART as a toxic greenhouse gas that requires Federal regulation. One ideology kills any possibility of the other, me thinks this he speaks with forked tongue!

    March 11, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. Bob in Pa.

    You mean we still make product in the USA ?
    I thought everything worthwile had already been chased out or given away to the Chinese by former administrations.

    March 11, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |