Obama and Merkel: 'We Are Stronger When We Work Together'

President Obama is on his final trip overseas.

The two leaders make the case for social responsibility in global trade and reaffirming the strength of U.S.-EU trade cooperation more broadly.

The two specifically lay out their case for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed U.S.-EU trade agreement that could be at risk under a Trump administration.

“Negotiations started three years ago, and, considering the complexity of these issues, have made solid progress,” the two leaders write. “An agreement that knits our economies closer together, based on rules that reflect our shared values, would help us grow and remain globally competitive for decades to come.”

"Our countries share a joint responsibility to protect and preserve our way of life," Merkel and Obama write. "It is in this spirit that we are working hard to ensure that international law and norms are respected around the globe – which remains a prerequisite for stability and prosperity."