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Strange But True: Schumer Says Trump ‘Deserves Praise’ for New Trade Deal

The Senate minority leader rarely praises President Trump. Schumer did on Monday, after Trump announced a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

By NTK Staff | 10.02.2018 @2:00pm
Strange But True: Schumer Says Trump ‘Deserves Praise’ for New Trade Deal

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) did something on Monday that he rarely does: he praised President Trump.

After Trump won a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada late Sunday – a trade deal that, if passed by Congress, would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – Schumer said Monday that Trump “deserves praise.”

“As someone who voted against NAFTA and opposed it for many years, I knew it needed fixing. The president deserves praise for taking large steps to improve it,” Schumer said. “However, any final agreement must be judged on how it benefits and protects middle-class families and the working people in our country.”

The leaders of House Democrats, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), released statements that more reflected the cautious, latter half of Schumer’s statement than the effusive first half.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “Fixing NAFTA means increasing the paychecks of American workers, delivering real, enforceable labor standards, ensuring fairness for American agriculture, and recognizing the connection between economic growth and environmental protections,” Pelosi said. “Democrats will closely scrutinize the text of the Trump Administration’s NAFTA proposal, and look forward to further analyses and conversations with stakeholders.”

…“I will be carefully reviewing the new draft agreement released last night to ensure that American workers will see higher wages and have access to new economic opportunities; that it protects the rights of workers and organized labor that Democrats have fought to secure and defend; that it includes environmental protections; and that any new obligations in these areas will be strictly enforced. Congress must carefully consider any new trade agreement based on how it meets these criteria,” House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Maryland, said in a statement.

In this charged political era, anything less than complete Democratic opposition to Trump is noteworthy. Therefore, it will certainly be worth watching congressional negotiations over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMC) trade deal.

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