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Trump Says Impeachment Will Block His Fake NAFTA Deal

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It was never very likely that Congress would vote to ratify Trump's fake replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but now that he's being impeached he has a convenient excuse for the deal's expected failure.

Speaking to reporters this morning, Trump says he doesn't think his fake deal will be ratified because Democrats will be too busy with impeachment.

“I don’t know if Nancy Pelosi’s going to have any time to sign it,” the president said, adding that he believes the House leader is wasting her time on a “manufactured crisis.”

“I don’t think they can do any deals,” Trump said. Later, appearing to reference impeachment proceedings, Trump said what all Democrats are talking about is “nonsense.”

The primary obstacle to ratifying Trump's fake replacement is not impeachment or any other item on the congressional schedule.

The primary obstacle is the fact that it just doesn't matter. Trump's so-called United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is nearly identical to NAFTA so there's no urgency to either ratify it or reject it. It could be ratified tomorrow or never and it wouldn't make a significant difference. It won't make a difference politically or economically. It's a big nothing.

If members of Congress could point to specific clauses of the USMCA and say it's proof that they're bringing home the bacon, ratifying the deal may be a higher priority, but there's nothing like that in the deal. Even the limited changes the deal does make are nebulous, like increasing content thresholds for cars produced in North America by a few percentage points. That could literally mean nothing more than installing a different stereo.

Legislation with no clear beneficiaries is unlikely to ever move at anything more than a snail's pace.

  • Draxiar

    Chez was right, the only thing these people understand is a 2×4 to the head.

  • Christopher Foxx

    “I don’t know if Nancy Pelosi’s going to have any time to sign it,” the president said

    It may take Trump a long time to write his name, illiterate that he is, but I’m certain Pelosi can dash hers off in no time.

  • muselet

    We’re going to hear Donald Trump complain constantly from now until November 2020 about how those terrible Democrats kept him from doing so many wonderful—and mostly unspecified—things for America. We know this because we’ve been hearing him complain about the Ds since November 2016.

    The only difference going forward is the tone of desperation that will become more apparent in Trump’s voice. I genuinely think getting caught has rattled him.

    Also, in case anyone missed it:

    https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2019/09/15

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      The only difference going forward is the tone of desperation that will become more apparent in Trump’s voice.

      I believe if the Democrats would just counter by calmly, consistently, constantly beating the drum of pointing out the shit Trump’s been up to and how much legislation is piling up on Mitch “Do Nothing” McConnell’s doorstep that the elections would be theirs.

      But, y’know, they’re Democrats. Winning might make someone mad at them.

  • gescove

    I just laugh out loud when the R’s solemnly pontificate how crucial legislation will grind to a halt with the “distraction” of impeachment. Remind me again, Moscow Mitch, how much House-passed legislation is piled up in your graveyard?