Trump, Trudeau discuss USMCA as deal appears imminent

Trump, Trudeau discuss USMCA as deal appears imminent
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE on Monday spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauIran expected to send Ukraine the black boxes from downed passenger plane Poll: Most Canadian taxpayers don't want to pay for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's security costs Trudeau: Escalating 'tensions' with Iran to blame for downed jet 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 PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president MORE (D-Calif.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealKey House committee chairman to meet with Mnuchin on infrastructure next week Coalition of conservative groups to air ads against bipartisan proposal to end 'surprise' medical bills House revives agenda after impeachment storm 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."