President Donald Trump, questioned this Wednesday wether Congress could ratify the USMCA trade treaty with Mexico and Canada before the 2020 elections, due to the intention of the Democratic opposition to initiate a political trial against them.
“I don’t think (Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat) Nancy Pelosi is going to have time (for that), she’s wasting time in a manufactured crisis,” Trump replied when asked by a businessman about the USMCA during a meeting in New York with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
For Congress to ratify the treaty, signed last December by the three North American countries to replace the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Pelosi needs to agree to put the agreement to a vote in the Lower House, something he hasn’t done yet.
“I don’t think they will ever get a vote (regarding the USMCA), Democrats are fighting each other” and “talking nonsense,” Trump said.
“I don’t know if they are going to have time to reach any agreement, I don’t think they want any agreement,” he insisted, and assured that this also affects the negotiations between the White House and Congress to promote greater arms control in the country.
Trump said if that happens, the Republican Party will do things “its way” when it ” recovers the House of Representatives next year,” in the November 2020 general election.
The president then asked Foreign Trade Representative Bob Lighthizer what he thinks about the future of the USMCA, and he contradicted him by predicting that Congress will vote for it.
“I’m sure they’ll ratify it,” Lighthizer said, to which Trump replied, “They may not vote”.
So far, only Mexico has ratified the renegotiated trade agreement, and analysts agree that it will be difficult for the United States to do so once 2020 begins, because it will enter into full electoral campaign.
That’s why the White House hoped to convince Democrats to put it to a vote this year and more and more congressmen were open to it, but Pelosi’s announcement of initiating an investigation for a political trial against Trump has injected uncertainty into the issue.
Trump insisted today that the USMCA “is a great trade deal, the best” the country has ever reached, and that it is “phenomenal for farmers and unions”.