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Obama: announcement on trade deals in days

Oct 3, 2011, 8:37 a.m.
President Obama arrives in Seattle, Washington, September 25, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday he would make an announcement in the next several days on his plans for sending long-delayed trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to Congress.

Obama was asked by a reporter at the start of a Cabinet meeting when he would submit the trade pacts to Congress for approval. "In the next several, in the next days," he said.

A senior administration official had said on Saturday the president could send the deals to Capitol Hill as early as Monday.

(Reporting by Laura MacInnis, writing by Matt Spetalnick)

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