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’95 Percent is the same as NAFTA’

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump unveiled his dramatic plan to rename the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) while barely changing the text of the trade agreement itself, but the new (same) agreement still has to be approved by Congress.

Going through the necessary process of analyzing and approving the agreement could take months, but Senate Republicans want to rush through the process and approve it as quickly as possible if they lose control of either chamber of Congress.

Republicans know it's unlikely that Democrats will play along so to support their plan they're giving Trump's whole game away.

“If the Democrats take the House, the vote will be in the lame duck" session in December, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Tuesday in an interview. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is seen as a front-runner to chair the Senate Finance Committee when Orrin Hatch retires next year. The Finance committee is the main Senate panel responsible for trade. [...]

You know 95 percent of what we will be voting on is the same as Nafta," Grassley said.

Wait a minute -- Trump said NAFTA is dead and buried. It's history. There is only the Unites States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

NAFTA was a bad deal, Trump says. He only negotiates the best deals. Beautiful deals.

Of course, Trump's also says Canada's foreign minister "hates America" but he still gave her almost everything she wanted so maybe Trump is a lying showman. They all are.

  • Draxiar

    OH look! Once he’s riding his “success” on 95% of someone else’s work. He is the consummate “locker talker”. Y’know, that guy in the locker room that brazenly crows about his conquests and how much of a stud he is when anyone that can read between the lines *knows* it’s all horseshit….and still he keeps bragging.

  • muselet

    What’s the rush?

    The paranoid side of me wonders what’s in NAFTA 1.1—calling it NAFTA 2.0 is a stretch—that the administration and congressional Rs are so anxious for no one to see until later. (Answer: probably nothing. The paranoid side of me can be a nuisance sometimes.)

    And the blithe assurances of Chuck Grassley contain about as much meaning as a burst of white noise.

    That said, I think—think—this is all just to give Donald Trump the chance to scrawl his name across a piece of paper with a Sharpie (at least he’s using a black marker instead of the gold one he used to favor) before the Ds can analyze the agreement in detail. Not because there are any nasties lurking in the deal but simply as a raised middle finger (“That’s one in the ‘W’ column for us! Suck it, Dems!”).

    That’s the sort of thing the Rs excel at.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    Of course it is. And the gop has always been pro NAFTA just as they were pro TPP. But with the TPP, obviously, the Black Guy did it so they had to be against it.

  • katanahamon

    Are tired of this BS enough yet? The lies, the obvious propaganda and corruption? Way past time to impeach, prosecute, convict, and imprison.