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Top Obama aide to pursue open trade amid protectionist turbulence

Rahm Emanuel, now Chicago mayor, says joining TPP is still in America’s interest

Rahm Emanuel was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and a former White House Chief of Staff during Obama administration.

TOKYO -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a key figure in the pro-globalization administration of Barack Obama, maintained his firm belief in free trade in an interview with Nikkei Asian Review on Saturday.

“Nation to nation, there is a lot of turbulence. I think Chicago can be an island of stability and certainty,” said Emanuel, who was White House chief of staff from 2009 to 2010.

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