Asia

Obama Slow Jams Latest Trade Deal Pitch
President declares himself 'down with TPP' despite tricky politics

President Barack Obama used a “Tonight Show” slow jamming of the news bit to make yet another pitch for his trade deal with Pacific Rim countries, a pact lawmakers view with skepticism.  

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whom Obama endorsed on Thursday, opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership . So too does likely Republican nominee Donald Trump . And lawmakers and candidates of all political stripes are dancing around the question of whether Congress should ever approve it.  

In Vietnam, Obama Sends Signals to McConnell, China
President lauds deepening U.S.-Vietnamese ties, Trans-Pacific trade deal

President Barack Obama with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during his visit to the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Monday. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama laced his Tuesday remarks to the Vietnamese people with subtle messages for key U.S. lawmakers and Chinese leaders.  

Obama reflected on the two countries’ past, including the Vietnam War , and hailed their cooperation in the decades since that have made them “partners.” He extolled deepening U.S.-Vietnamese work on trade, education and security, saying Washington hopes to normalize relations with its former foe.  

Three Potential Missteps Awaiting Obama in Asia
Will president resist a non-apology apology in Hiroshima?

White House officials have insisted that President Barack Obama will not apologize for the World War II atomic bombings during his visit to Hiroshima. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama will be looking to further shape his legacy during a week long trek across Asia that will highlight a massive trade deal and military cooperation with allies.  

But as Obama presses the region's leaders to formalize a trade pact he wants as a cornerstone of his legacy and travels to a city where nearly 200,000 people were killed by an American nuclear bomb, the swing is rife with potential pitfalls.