White House: USMCA trade deal ‘a Trump win’ but also win ‘for the American people’

The White House deputy press secretary said Tuesday that despite the “spin” Democrats would put on their agreement to support a renegotiated trade agreement, it is a victory for President Donald Trump but it’s also “a win for the American people.”

“They’re going to say what they want to say,” noted Hogan Gidley in an interview with Stuart Varney, host of “Varney & Co.,” on the Fox Business Network.

And they’re going to try and shape the message, and they’re going to try and spin it.”

“But the fact is, the president worked on this deal, got it secured [late last year],” added Gidley, in reference to the United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal, which aims to replace the 1990s-era North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

“This has been sitting around, languishing, waiting to move forward. It would immediately help our farmers and ranchers and our manufacturers, our automakers. It was a wonderful trade deal, something brand new that we’d never seen before,” the deputy press secretary noted further.

“And I’m glad that she [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] finally decided to move forward and support it.”

The president heavily criticized NAFTA during his 2016 campaign, calling it a bad deal for Americans and vowing to renegotiate it.

The agreement by House Democrats, who control the lower chamber, to support it is a political win for him but, as Ridley said, it’s really going to be beneficial for the country.

And Democrats can also now take credit for its passage, analysts noted.

“There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) noted at a press conference on Tuesday in announcing her caucus’ support of the agreement.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland were in Mexico Tuesday for a signing ceremony.

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