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Trump Tells Democrats to Pass New Nafta Before Infrastructure

  • President sends Pelosi and Schumer letter on eve of meeting
  • Trump eager to pass USMCA, as public works funding is unclear
U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump told Democratic congressional leaders on the eve of a White House meeting to discuss restoring the nation’s infrastructure that he first wanted them to pass his replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong view that Congress should first pass the important and popular USMCA trade deal,” Trump wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday. “It will replace the job killing Nafta, one of the worst trade deals ever entered into by our nation.”