President Obama Visits Nike Headquarters

As President Barack Obama visits Nike's headquarters in Portland — a city known for lush greenery, constant drizzle and liberal politics — the left-leaning enclave has become ground zero for the debate over the administration's push for a sweeping, multinational trade deal. Portland, with its funky west coast and outdoorsy vibe, isn't normally a combative town. But, the president's quest to garner support for an ambitious trade accord between the United States and 11 South American and Pacific Rim nations, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, is splitting people in Portland into two camps. On the one side are companies like Nike, one of the city's largest employers. The company employs 8,500 people in Oregon and 26,000 nationwide. Nike says its economic impact on the state of Oregon is $2.5 billion.



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