Obama emphasizes his support for TPP trade deal opposed by other Democrats

U.S. President Barack Obama and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (L) shake hands after their news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he has the stronger argument in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which is opposed by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, and suggested the campaign had turned the issue into a “political football.”

“Hopefully after the election is over and the dust settles, there will be more attention to the actual facts behind the deal and it won’t just be a political symbol or a political football,” Obama, a Democrat, said at a White House news conference with Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Writting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by James Dalgleish