Obama: I don't have to sell TPP to Asian leaders
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President Obama said Monday from China that he doesn’t have to sell Asian leaders on his Asian-Pacific trade deal.

“I don’t have to sell it to Asian leaders here who were part of the negotiations because they see this as the right thing to do for their own countries,” he said during a press conference at the end of the G-20 summit. “And when you look at the architecture, the structure of the [Trans-Pacific Partnership], what it does is open up new markets for us that are generally closed.”

Obama has for months been pushing Congress to pass his deal, arguing it will add jobs to the economy and raise wages.

“Our markets are more open than theirs for the most part, so we benefit from a reduction in tariffs and taxes that are already in place,” he said. “But for many of them, what they benefit from is this trade deal is the spur, the incentive, for them to engage in a whole bunch of structural reforms that they know over the long-term will reinvigorate their economy.”

Obama has claimed that the TPP will make other countries more competitive by bringing them in line with U.S. standards on labor and the environmental. 

“Vietnam, for the first time is debating in a very serious way how they can provide protections for their workers and allow them to participate and have voice and bargain for wages,” he said. Yeah that’s tough politically for Vietnam, but on the other hand they recognize that if they want to move up the value chain in the global market they’ve got to start abiding by basic norms.”

Still Obama noted the controversy surrounding his deal, which has received strong opposition from GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE.

"The United States has never had a smooth, uncomplicated path to ratifying trade deals,” he said. “But they eventually get done."