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Obama tells Kenya the U.S. is cracking down on ivory trade

The United States is taking unprecedented measures to save African elephants, President Obama told a group of Kenyans on Monday who gathered at Kenyatta University in Nairobi to see the first sitting American president to visit their country.

In addition to announcing new restrictions on the ivory trade in the U.S. on Saturday, Obama said his administration is trying to write similar bans into trade agreements, such as the pending 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"One of the things we're trying to accomplish in the trade agreement is for many of these countries with still strong demand for ivory to start getting much more serious about the enforcement of their laws, and have it embedded in the trade agreements that we initiate," Obama told members of Kenya's Civil Society on Sunday. "So, hopefully, we'll be able to influence not just what happens in the United States, but also in some of the areas where the demand is heaviest."

Tom Lalampaa of the Northern Rangelands Trust begged Obama to help groups like his "crush" the demand for ivory.

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