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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House does not feel pressure to loosen restrictions on U.S. oil exports further and views debate over the issue as resolved for now, John Podesta, a top aide to President Barack Obama, told Reuters in an interview.
The drop in oil prices and the Commerce Department’s move to allow companies to ship more ultra-light U.S. crude to the rest of the world – estimated at up to a million barrels per day – has taken pressure off the administration to do more.
By Jeff Mason
WAYNE, Mich. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, on a trip to unveil elements of his State of the Union address, took a victory lap in Michigan on Wednesday to tout his support of the auto industry, but concerns about trade policies hung in the background of his tour.
“America’s resurgence is real,” Obama said at a Ford Motor Co plant near Detroit after walking around the factory and sitting in a Mustang.