WASHINGTON, June 20 (KUNA) -- President Barack Obama said he was pleased
that the US Senate took bipartisan action to confirm Michael Froman as the
United States trade representative.
Froman would stay focused on US economic goals, the president said in a
statement released by the White House late on Wednesday.
"Mike has been my closest adviser on a broad range of international
economic issues and will continue to play a key role on my economic team,"
Obama added in the statement.
"He is trusted and well-respected by our partners around the world, and for
the last several years, he has been a driving force behind our international
In his new position, Froman "will stay focused on our primary economic
goals - promoting growth, creating jobs and strengthening the middle class,"
Obama said. "And he will continue to help open new markets for American
businesses; level the playing field for American workers, farmers and
ranchers; and fully enforce our trade rights."
Appointment of Froman, widely known as a leading economic expert close to
Obama, coincided with ongoing efforts by Washington to remove snags in its
trade with European and Asian-Pacific markets.
Obama has repeatedly affirmed his objective of shoring up the largely
stagnant US economy by various means including exploration of new markets and
boosting external trade.
The US, hard hit with the economic crisis that broke out in 2008, has shown
concern at rising global economic influence by powers such as China and India.
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