Trump expressed his outrage that Pelosi had yet to bring his new trade agreement, the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), to the House floor for a vote.
“We have to get USMCA signed; Nancy Pelosi can’t get it off her desk. She just can’t do it. The Democrats want to have it; the unions want it, the farmers want it, the manufacturers want it. I think the woman is grossly incompetent. And we’re having a problem because Mexico and Canada are calling, saying, ‘What’s going on?’ And it’s sitting on her desk. She doesn’t need Democrats cause the Democrats are going to vote for it. All she has to do is put it up for a vote.”
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Trump railed against her for dragging out the ratification process despite signaling support for the pact.
“She’s said for months now, oh well no, she likes it, she wants it, she likes it, she wants it. The woman is grossly incompetent. All she wants to do is focus on impeachment — which is just a little pipe dream she’s got.”
He charged that Pelosi has been leveraging the USMCA to win over impeachment votes in her caucus.
However, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday that Pelosi is holding up the trade deal to build support for it, adding that currently there is not enough support. He said he is hopeful that it will pass the House in December.
“I think there has to be some internal dynamics within the party that have to be addressed, but I think we are almost there to go. I feel good that we are going to do it in December.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) blasted Pelosi and his Democratic colleagues last week for not bringing the USMCA to the House floor for a vote, saying they’re too focused on impeachment and are ignoring other legislative duties.
“We would only be stronger as a nation in our negotiations with China if we passed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. But none of that is taking place.”
Pelosi said she hopes to pass the USMCA this year, she has signaled in recent weeks that the House is “on a path to yes,” and that the vote could come soon.