September 18, 2016 | BY KATHERINE MURPHY
Malcolm Turnbull says his government is continuing to urge the US Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership because the deal underscores America’s strategic commitment to the rule of law in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Australian prime minister’s comments to travelling reporters in New York come as President Barack Obama is making what is being characterized in the US as last-ditch efforts to persuade Congress to support the controversial deal. The presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton oppose it.
Turnbull told reporters in New York there remained a “fair degree of optimism” that the deal will be ratified during the so-called lame-duck session – the period between the US election result in November and the inauguration in January.
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