US President Donald Trump on Friday urged his country's Congress to ratify "immediately" the trade agreement between Mexico, the United States and Canada (T-MEC) and admitted that this perspective will be complicated as the general elections approach from 2020.
"On behalf of loyal and hard-working citizens in this country, I ask Congress to approve the T-MEC and send it to my office immediately for signature," Trump said in a speech to workers at the Lockheed Martin defense company. Milwaukee (Wisconsin, northeastern USA).
"We should not play games, every day that we wait becomes more political, because we are getting closer and closer to the elections," he stressed.
Trump said the treaty deserves a "bipartisan" endorsement, and that it would "show that Congress does something other than waste time with the witch-hunt," as it refers to the investigation that still continues in at least one legislative committee. on the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
The United States, Mexico and Canada signed last December the text of the T-MEC, negotiated for months and that would replace the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in force since 1994.
Mexico is the only one of the three countries that has ratified the treaty for now, during a vote in the Mexican Senate almost a month ago.
The White House wants a vote in Congress before the end of this year and to achieve this it plans to send the text of the trade treaty to the Capitol beginning in September, the specialized television network CNBC said this week.
But one of the two hemicycles of Congress, the House of Representatives, is controlled by the Democratic opposition, and its leader, Nancy Pelosi, has shown reservations about the treaty regarding labor rights and wages, and environmental or related issues. Big Pharma
The main Democratic candidates for the presidency in 2020 have also been opposed or skeptical about the T-MEC, which complicates the options to approve it as the primaries approach, which begin next February.
"In my government there will be no signed trade agreement unless it protects American workers and our environment," Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said in an interview published today by the Politico magazine.
Former US Vice President Joe Biden has also spoken out in favor of amending the treaty, and Senator Elizabeth Warren told Politico that the agreement appears to "greatly benefit the pharmaceutical industry, with very few guarantees of implementation of labor rights."
However, Trump today described the pact as "modern and state-of-the-art", and defended that it includes "the strongest protections" for American workers "never implemented in a commercial agreement."
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