Rep. Tom Reed on Tuesday called for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to put the United States Mexico Canada Agreement up for a vote in Congress.
“Mexico and Canada, right now, represent the trade agreement that will bring into effect new provisions, as well as updated provisions, that have put America, over time, in a position of competitive advantage," Reed said during a conference call with reporters. "And it should begin with having a vote on the Mexico-Canada trade deal."
Reed, who represents the Greater Olean area in Congress, made his comments after President Donald Trump's Friday announcement that the United States and Mexico had reached an agreement regarding restriction of migration to America’s southern border. Prior to his announcement, Trump had threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico.
Reed said Trump’s threat of tariffs acted as a tool to get Mexico to agree to the deal.
“It is not a tool that has been used by an American president for many years, and now he is deploying it and getting a response,” he said.
In a statement issued Monday, Pelosi indicated little support for the president's action.
"President Trump undermined America’s preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south," Peloso said.
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