Obama discusses economy with Merck CEO - W.House

WASHINGTON Wed Feb 9, 2011 6:40pm EST

WASHINGTON Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama met with new Merck & Co (MRK.N) Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier on Wednesday to discuss ways to strengthen the economy, a White House official said.

"The meeting is a part of the president's ongoing dialogue with members of the business community on our shared desire to work together to strengthen our economy and promote American competitiveness," the official said.

"The two discussed strategies for long-term investment in the United States, promoting innovation and spurring job growth in our country."

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Paul Simao)

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