Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer offered a rare praise to President Trump today. This praise by Schumer comes after Trump decided to lift tariffs against Mexico and Canada on aluminum and steel. However, he added that there are “still many other issues” that must be resolved before the Democrats will back his proposed new trade deal.
“I have always said that we should be focusing our efforts on China, not on Mexico, Canada or Europe,” Schumer said in a statement. “It is a good thing these tariffs will be lifted, and we should urge our allies to join us in preventing China’s predatory practices. There are still many other issues that are outstanding before Democrats would support the USMCA.”
Interestingly enough, Chuck Schumer has become a supporter of Trump’s China tariffs. However, he long sought an end to the aluminum and steel tariffs.
This move by Trump will definitely help facilitate congressional approval of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. On the other hand , the Democrats still want some changes.
Democrats are seeking strict enforcement language for workers and the environment as well as protections against high drug prices written into the new deal.
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