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Kerry, in L.A., touts Pacific trade deal as vital to Hollywood, Silicon Valley

Kerry, in L.A., touts Pacific trade deal as vital to Hollywood, Silicon Valley

Secretary of State John F. Kerry used a stop in Los Angeles on Tuesday to mount one of the strongest defenses yet of the Obama administration's Pacific trade deal, which has taken a battering on the presidential campaign trail.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Pacific Council on International Policy, Kerry portrayed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would relax trade barriers among participating nations, as especially vital to California's major industries: trade, entertainment, technology and agriculture. And he criticized those who exploit “fear and anger” among the economically vulnerable — a clear shot at the presidential candidates who have assailed the...

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