Donald Trump celebrated a new trilateral trade agreement Canada and the US reached to resurrect a deal with Mexico during a press conference at the White House Rose Garden.
The president claimed the new deal was replacing NAFTA, a promise he repeatedly made along the campaign trail, despite numerous analysts indicating it’s an modernised version of the former agreement. The new deal has been dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement, otherwise known as USMCA.
“The agreement will govern nearly $1.2 trillion in trade, which makes it the biggest trade deal in United States history,” He said Monday. “It puts us in a position we’ve never been in before … This is a terrific deal for all of us.” He also discussed his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, providing a full-throated defence for his pick amid an FBI investigation into sexual assault accusations against him.
The White House has reportedly told the FBI the agency can interview whoever it needs to speak with in order to complete its investigation into Donald Trump’s embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The reports arrived as Donald Trump was announcing a new trilateral trade agreement he had reached with Canada and Mexico on Sunday. During Monday’s press conference, the president went on to provide a full-throated defense of his nominee, noting he had a “very open mind” in regards to what outcome the investigation may yield.
Critics of Donald Trump have pointed out that one of the major aspects to his press conference at the White House Rose Garden included seemingly demeaning comments towards female reporters in the audience.
Donald Trump’s full-throated defence for his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during Monday’s press conference announcing the new trilateral trade agreement reached between the US, Mexico and Canada arrived as the FBI reportedly plows through its investigation into sexual assault allegations made against the federal judge.
Jeff Moseley, CEO and president of the Texas Association of Business, has released a statement supporting the new agreement.
Jokes have continued throughout the day about the new name that has been used to describe the trilateral trade deal reached Sunday between the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Critics of the new name, USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada agreement), have said the deal is actually just a modernised version of NAFTA — which is what they say they will continue to call the free trade agreement between the three nations.
The White House is hitting back against criticisms of Donald Trump’s press conference in real-time.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the administration’s decision to throw a press conference in the White House Rose Garden after the trilateral trade deal was reached Sunday night, writing on Twitter, “Normally you wouldn’t have a ceremony like this [because] the deals haven’t been good for American workers and not worth celebrating.
Despite celebrating the new USMCA deal reached Sunday night, the president said he is “not at all confident” Congress will approve the trilateral agreement.
Reporters have caught a discrepancy in Donald Trump’s unwieldy press conference in which the president seemingly alleged Japan did not want to negotiate trade with the US under former President Barack Obama.
Vice President Mike Pence has tweeted his support for USMCA and Donald Trump after the president’s Rose Garden press conference, writing, “we have reached a historic trade deal with Canada and Mexico – a huge win for American workers and farmers.”
“This agreement will strengthen trade and grow the economy of all three nations,” he added. “Promises made and promises kept!”
Experts are saying the new USMCA deal is simply a modernised version of NAFTA, despite the president’s ardent claims saying otherwise.
According to Jim Pethokoukis, the trilateral agreement is simply “”A tremendous expenditure of national political capital for cosmetic changes to what Trump called the worst trade deal in US history.”
Several elements of Donald Trump’s unwieldy press conference have since gone viral, including his answer to what the president’s biggest concession was in the USMCA agreement: signing off on the new deal.
Despite Donald Trump claiming USMCA is “much different than NAFTA,” it appears the agreement contains many of the same aspects and components of the former trade deal.
In fact, analysts have noted the agreement is even referred to as “NAFTA 2018” in several portions of the deal.
We’re learning about new details behind the USMCA agreement the United States and Canada agreed to with Mexico last night. Among other components include an expansion of access to Canadian and Mexican markets for US farmers and autoworkers, as well as other smaller details that are now being posted across social media.
Donald Trump has ended his press conference announcing the new trilateral trade deal, dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement, or USMCA.
Donald Trump says he has a “very open mind” regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, adding that he doesn’t want to talk about “Plan B” if the nomination does not work out in his favour.
The president added that he would “take it into consideration” if the FBI investigation he ordered into Mr Kavanaugh’s sexual assault accusation yield concerning findings.
Donald Trump criticised China and other nations for “dumping dead steeel,” claiming “billions of dollars are now flowing into our treasury” as there are hundreds of new plants supposedly expected to open in the US.
Donald Trump addressed the Las Vegas shooting, saying “we are knocking out bump stocks” and was looking at other ways to eliminate loopholes allowing for mass shootings and gun violence to continue in America.
Donald Trump said he’s worried new leadership won’t step forward and run for office or seats since Brett Kavanaugh has been “treated horribly.”
“I’m concerned [about] getting great, great people on the Supreme Court,” he said.
Donald Trump has said he never had a glass of alcohol, and that he did not think his Supreme Court nominee lied about his drinking habits.
He added that Mr Kavanaugh has been “treated horribly,” before praising Sen. Lindsey Graham for his fiery statements during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
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