May 22, 2019

Trump to Dems: Pass USMCA trade deal before infrastructure

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Just one day before they are scheduled to discuss U.S. infrastructure, President Trump sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying he wants Congress to first pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal.

Why it matters: Trump is trying to leverage the Democrats' hopes of securing a strong infrastructure plan as a way to ensure that his USMCA trade deal passes and replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Read the letter:

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Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect that NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement (not the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement).

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