Obama: We can't 'build a wall' around globalization
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President Obama on Friday dismissed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE's "America first" philosophy on trade, saying globalization is here to stay and "we're not going to be able to build a wall around that." 

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"Globalization is a fact because of technology, because of an integrated global supply chain, because of changes in transportation, and we're not going to be able to build a wall around that," Obama said in a joint press conference with Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto at the White House. 

"What we can do is to shape how that process of global integration proceeds so that it increases opportunities for ordinary people, so it's creating better jobs, so we are strengthening protections for workers, so we are addressing some of the environmental challenges that come with rapid growth," Obama said. 

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has vowed to end talks on the Obama-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership and make "better deals." 

Obama said the U.S. needs to "look forward" and find ways to shape the new direction of the global economy instead of "looking backward" and trying to "undo what's taken place."