Rep. Djou praises Obama on trade

Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) praised President Barack Obama on the House floor Tuesday for pressing ahead with negotiations on a trade deal with South Korea.

In a floor speech, Djou said he was "encouraged by the opportunity which has happened this past weekend and compliment President Obama for committing to a free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea."

Noting that his congressional district "lies within the flight arc of North Korea's ballistic missiles," Djou said it was time for the U.S. to "further cement our bonds and our relationships" with South Korea "and make sure that we change the dictatorship in North Korea for the benefit of our nation and the world as a whole."

In May, Djou won a special election in the president's hometown congressional district. Colleen Hanabusa and former Rep. Ed Case split the Democratic vote, which helped Djou to a win with less than 40 percent.

In November, Djou faces a tough race against Hanabusa in the heavily Democratic district now that Case has opted out of the race.