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.