Daily US Times, Washington: President Donald Trump is set to celebrate his biggest legislative achievements since Democrats took control of the House in 2018. The president is about to sing a revised trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.
The signing comes amid the ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate. This is the second major achievement of the Trump administration this month. Earlier this month, the administration signed a “Phase One” trade agreement with China.
Trump had been long criticizing the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, as “one of the worst trade deals ever made” and vowed to negotiate a better deal if elected president.
Trump is now delivering that campaign promise by signing the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.
The USMCA is replacing 25-year-old NAFTA with provisions aimed at strengthening the U.S. auto manufacturing industry, improving labor standards enforcement and increasing market access for American dairy farmers, among other changes.
The agreement with Mexico and Canada received a rare congratulatory vibe from both Republicans and Democrats hailing it as a win for the American worker.
Even the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi handed a political victory to the president by approving the deal. She sought to credit Democrat negotiators with making the deal “infinitely better” over months of negotiations with the administration.
The final agreement had been reached in December at the White House. That was the same day the Democrats also formally unveiled two articles of impeachment against the president. Pelosi acknowledged the timing was “not a coincidence.”
President Trump said on Dec. 10: “Without the impeachment, they would have never approved it, in my opinion. The impeachment is the reason they approved it.”
In December, House of Representatives passed the agreement by an overwhelming 385-41 vote and the Senate followed suit with an 89-10 vote earlier this month, making it the way to the president’s desk for signature.
Mexico has also ratified the agreement and Canada is expected to follow suit in the weeks ahead.