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Opinion Is Pelosi Making Mexico Pay for its Trump Deal?

01:31  30 november  2019
01:31  30 november  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

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In a letter this week, Mexico ’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes another shot at persuading Mrs. Pelosi to take yes for an answer on a union-friendly renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement

Trump 's USMCA deal does secure some key gains for the US in its trade relationship with both the Canada and Mexico , but it does not resemble a Read more: Trump inexplicably told Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that Mexico would pay for the border wall as part of the landmark new trade deal .

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The Speaker of the House who called a border wall with Mexico “an immorality” is still sitting on a Mexican request to approve a new trade agreement. What is the morality of ignoring this key priority of our southern neighbors?

In a letter this week, Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes another shot at persuading Mrs. Pelosi to accept yes for an answer on a union-friendly renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement:

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Mr Trump has repeatedly promised Mexico will pay for the wall, but said in his address that it would now do so "indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made ". He did not declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build the barrier. The address was made amid an

In December, Trump tweeted that Mexico would be " paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA." He also claimed that it would bring "far more Meanwhile, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's negotiations with the Trump administration over a deal to fund nine federal

Dear Madam Speaker:

Following up on my letter dated October 8, I would like to inform you that, with approval of our 2020 federal budget, which includes appropriations for implementing the labor law reforms that I have promoted, we have fully met our commitments regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

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A bona fide leftist, Mr. López Obrador by now must be wondering how many of the Speaker’s liberal allies he needs to lobby to get this deal done. Writes the Mexican president:

I reiterate here what I have said in my conversations with the Congressional delegation led by Representative Richard Neal, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, regarding a key concern that has been raised: you can be assured that we will fulfill our labor-related commitments.

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President Trump denied that he ever promised Mexico would “write out a check” for his border wall. They are paying for it with the incredible deal we made , called the United States, Mexico , and Though he is often vague about how Mexico would foot the bill, Mr. Trump has offered occasional

WASHINGTON — As congressional Republicans on Friday discussed quickly moving ahead with plans for a southern border wall using money included in this year’s spending bills, President-elect Donald J. Trump insisted that Mexico would ultimately pay for its construction.

In the first place, and most importantly, you can be assured that we will fulfill these labor commitments because Mexico has raised them to the Constitutional level. In addition, the secondary rules needed to enforce these laws have been established and funds have been provided for their successful implementation.

Is the Speaker trying to make Mexico pay for a new trade wall simply to prevent a Trump policy success? This column doubts that the new agreement will be more beneficial than the existing NAFTA and in some ways it will be worse. But given Mr. Trump’s occasional threats to try to destroy NAFTA altogether in the absence of a replacement, the new deal would at least reduce policy uncertainty, which has lately been discouraging investment on both sides of the border.

And given Mrs. Pelosi’s rhetoric on the need for good relations with our southern neighbors, how can she block Mexico’s effort to affirm our trading relationship?

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President Donald Trump contends Mexico will eventually pay for his proposed border wall "The money the businesses make ? What money is he talking about that 's going to go pay for the wall? Pelosi added that "the American people are still paying the price" if benefits from the trade deal went

Trump inexplicably told Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that Mexico would pay for the border wall as part of the landmark new trade deal . One person familiar with the meeting told Business Insider that the president said the USMCA will bring so much money into the US that it would be almost as if

Mr. López Obrador clearly understands the risks Mrs. Pelosi is creating by allowing the issue to remain unresolved as the U.S. approaches a presidential election year. He writes:

Mexico respectfully invites you to conclude this complex chapter between our countries and, as I said in my October 8 letter, let us move forward with the USMCA promptly, to ensure that the electoral process in your country, with the debates and passions typical of all democracies, doesn’t prevent or delay the conclusion of such an important event. I am convinced that history will judge us favorably for approving this needed platform of friendship, cooperation and prosperity between our societies and nations.

News consumers who spent last winter watching the Speaker preside over a government shutdown rather than allow funding for a border wall—which she called “an immorality between countries”—must be baffled at her sudden indifference to the concerns of our Mexican friends.

In December of last year, the Associated Press reported on one of the many occasions on which the Speaker expressed outrage at the idea of imposing costs on Mexico:

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Mexico made it clear it won't pay for the border wall promised by President Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign. The latest utterance came in his speech from the Oval Office last night. "The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico ," Mr

Donald Trump has mentioned Mexico frequently on the campaign trail, since the very beginning. As Trump visits Mexico Wednesday to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, here's a look back at some of He should pay for it," former Mexican President Vicente Fox told Fusion's Jorge Ramos.

Pelosi told colleagues privately that Trump insisted during an Oval Office meeting that Mexico will pay for the wall “one way or another.”

She told him Mexico isn’t going to pay for it. The president responded that Mexico would pay with money the U.S. will make from the revised North American Free Trade Deal, known as USMCA.

Pelosi told the president “that’s terrible” and told him she’s going “go out and tell people that you think that Mexico is paying for it with money that should be going into our economy.”

The President of Mexico is now telling Speaker Pelosi that if she won’t accept the USMCA, Mexico is going to pay a significant price, and a lot of money will not be going into the North American economy.

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