Trump, Trudeau discuss USMCA as deal appears imminent

Trump, Trudeau discuss USMCA as deal appears imminent
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President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE on Monday spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Canadian lawmakers vote to label Proud Boys a terrorist organization Biden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France's Macron MORE as House Democrats appeared to close in on a deal with the White House to vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

"The two leaders reaffirmed their strong support for the trade agreement, which will create jobs and economic growth in the United States, Canada, and Mexico," a White House spokesman said.

The call came as a deal appeared imminent to bring the USMCA up for a vote in the House after months of uncertainty. The deal, if passed, would represent a signature legislative victory for Trump even as he faces likely impeachment in the House. 


Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed support on Facebook for violence against Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealJudge says Treasury must give Trump 72 hours before releasing tax info to Democrats Trump's lawyers seek clarity about how tax-return case will proceed following Biden inauguration IRS says start of tax filing season delayed until Feb. 12 MORE (D-Mass.) are scheduled to make an announcement on the trade agreement Tuesday morning.

House Democrats have for months held off on bringing the USMCA up for a vote and pushed instead to strengthen the deal's labor and environmental regulations.

Trump's Monday phone call with Trudeau also marked the first time the two leaders had spoken since an awkward spat last week during a NATO gathering in London.

Trudeau was caught on camera gossiping about Trump, commenting on his lengthy Q&As with reporters at the outset of his meetings with other world leaders.

The president, asked about the comments a day later, called Trudeau "two-faced."