From Sunlen Miller
After receiving his regular rounds of morning briefings, President Obama will deliver remarks in the East Room “on the administration’s commitment to export promotion to grow the economy and support new American jobs.”
The president will give what the White House is calling "a progress report" on the National Export Initiative (NEI), which shows that the president’s goal of doubling exports and supporting several million new jobs over five years "is on track."
Mr. Obama will report that exports in the first four months of 2010 grew almost 17 percent from the same period last year.
“Boosting America’s exports strengthens our economic growth and supports millions of good, high-paying American jobs," President Obama will say, according to excerpts released by the White House in advance of his remarks today. "That’s why I set a goal during my State of the Union address to double our exports over the next five years. Since then, my Administration has worked to improve advocacy for our exporters, remove trade barriers, and enforce trade rules in an effort to ensure that the benefits of global trade are broadly shared."
President Obama will formally appoint members tomorrow to the President’s Export Council.
In the afternoon, Mr. Obama will have a series of behind-closed-doors meetings,
including a briefing on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a lunch with Vice President Biden and a meeting with Secretary of the Treasury Geithner and Secretary of State Clinton.