Legislators in both parties appear to be suspicious of President Trump's threat to pull the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, an obvious step to urge a reluctant Congress to substitute for the long-standing trade pact approve.
I think we should see if we can do it first, "said Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) In NBC News:" Meet the Press. "" I want to see how many Democratic voices come to it. "
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said he will not support the new trade agreement as it "does not respect" the President's commitments to help workers and stop outsourcing. He called the threat to the president "not particularly helpful."
Trump has advertised the new version of NAFTA he developed with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. The agreement, which the President renamed as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), would replace the 1
"It has been so well tested Do not expect that you will have a big problem," Trump said, solemnly signing the agreement on Friday.
But Congress must – along with Canadian and Mexican legislation – Legislators of both parties, including Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), said last week that they would oppose it if no significant changes were made.
Trump seems to be aware of the resistance he is facing, threatening late Saturday with the cancellation of NAFTA, which would increase the pressure on Congress to approve the new deal.
"I'll be there in a relatively short time End time, "said Trump aboard Air Force One of Buenos Aires, where he had signed the USMCA." We're getting rid of NAFTA, it was a catastrophe for the United States. "
Br own, who has long argued against NAFTA, said he wanted to return to negotiations with the leaders of Canada and Mexico over the replacement agreement. "We have to do it right," said the Democratic senator to host Chuck Todd. "These rules do not bring us to the point where we need to stop outsourcing jobs to protect the dignity of the workers."
Barrasso, who called the USMCA a "big step forward," was not criticized by the president for threatening NAFTA's cancellation.
"I am a free trader, I am a fair trader," Barrasso said when he was urged by Todd to respond to the threat. "I think the president has proven to be a successful trader. , , Everything that the President promised, he delivered. "