“It’s clear that there probably are the votes in the House between the Republicans and the Democrats” to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University said Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive” on Thursday.
“The question is, what is Nancy Pelosi going to decide?” Veronique de Rugy asked on the “Dive” panel.
The USMCA is the proposed deal that President Trump hammered out with his counterparts in Mexico and Canada in October of 2018 to replace the existing trade agreement, NAFTA. At the moment, the USMCA awaits final approval by Congress and the other signatory countries.
On Thursday, the White House accused House Speaker Pelosi of ignoring the will of the American people by announcing a vote on impeachment rather than the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement during her 20-minute weekly press conference on Thursday. She did not mention the USMCA at all.
“What her goal is is to put a Democrat in the White House in 2021,” de Rugy said. “And it’s going to depend on whether she can turn the passage of USMCA as a victory for the Democrats, or whether really it is more important to not give a victory to the president.”
“These are not the same Democrats that passed NAFTA,” added Jorge Suarez-Velez, the founding partner of SP capital, which advises small companies, focusing on Latin America. “This is a party that has moved more towards…