(Washington Post) President Barack Obama is preparing a major push on trade that seeks to enlist Republicans as partners and test his premise that Washington can find common ground on major initiatives, even after he angered the GOP with a recent slew of executive actions.
It also will test his willingness to buck his own party in pursuit of a legacy-burnishing achievement. Already, Obama is facing blowback from fellow Democrats, who are accusing him of abandoning past promises on trade and potentially undermining his domestic priority of reducing income inequality.
The dynamic, as the White House plots strategy for the new year when the GOP has full control of Congress, has scrambled traditional political alliances. In recent weeks, Obama has rallied the business community behind his trade agenda, while leading Capitol Hill progressives, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have raised objections and labor and environmental groups have mounted a public relations campaign against it.
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