Obama, in an interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” took on critics such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who have leveled harsh criticism at his proposed trade policies.

“I love Elizabeth. We’re allies on a whole host of issues. But she’s wrong on this,” he said. 

{mosads}”I would not be doing this trade deal if I did not think it was good for the middle class,” Obama added. “And when you hear folks make a lot of suggestions about how bad this trade deal is, when you dig into the facts, they are wrong.”

Obama challenged the claims of skeptical Democrats that new trade deals would hurt American workers by incentivizing companies to ship jobs overseers. 

“This is the most progressive framework for trade we have ever had,” Obama said, saying the trade promotion bill contains strict labor and environmental protections.

“We’re embodying in this deal all the stuff that the environmental community and the labor community for years has been talking about as a requirement for them approving trade deals,” he said. 

He waved off criticism from labor unions and Democrats that his trade deals would damage the middle class. 

“Every single thing I’ve done from the Affordable Care Act to pushing to raise the minimum wage to making sure that young people are able to go to college and get good job training to what we’re pushing now in terms of sick pay leave,” he said. “Everything I do has been focused on how do we make sure the middle class is getting a fair deal.”

– Updated at 8:31 p.m.

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