Bob Buckhorn to attend White House state dinner, with Trans-Pacific Partnership on the menu
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will take a break from his summer vacation this week to attend a state dinner at the White House for Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his office said Monday.
Buckhorn and his wife, Dr. Cathy Lynch Buckhorn, will go Washington for the event Tuesday. The dinner marks 50 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Singapore. Buckhorn's office also noted that Singapore is a "strong partner" in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, on which Buckhorn has spent his own political capital to support, even though it's opposed by many other Democrats, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and (more recently) presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
In a statement accompanying the announcement, Buckhorn said the invitation was an "honor and a privilege."
“Singapore remains one of our closest allies in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership," Buckhorn said. "I look forward to working with the government of Singapore and the Obama administration to increase global trade and create American jobs as the recent widening of the Panama Canal opens up significant opportunities to increase trade with the Asian market.”