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Obama Cautions Skeptics Of Trade Deal

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BRUSSELS , BELGIUM - MARCH 26: (BELGIUM OUT , FRANCE OUT , NETHERLANDS OUT) President of the United States Barack Obama arrives for a meeting with EU officials at the European Summit on March 26, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. The US President met with the European Union's top officials to discuss energy resources, climate change and the situatuion in Ukraine. (Picture by Philip Reynaers/Photonews via Getty Images) | Photonews via Getty Images

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama says some countries have legitimate questions about whether budding free trade deals will benefit them in the long-term.

But Obama is cautioning skeptics to wait to see what's negotiated before jumping to conclusions.

Obama is speaking at a news conference with European Union leaders in Brussels. The United States and the EU are working on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which seeks to remove trade barriers between the 28-nation bloc..

Obama says some suspicions about the so-called TTIP have been unjustified. He says he's fought his entire political career for consumer and environmental protections. He says he doesn't intend to sign legislation that would weaken those protections.

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