Sanders vows to renegotiate 'disastrous' North American trade deal

Sanders vows to renegotiate 'disastrous' North American trade deal
© Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives raise alarm over letting lobbying groups access PPP funds Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE (I-Vt.) vowed to “immediately” renegotiate a North American trade deal that he called an “absolute disaster” should he be elected president in 2020.  

Sanders issued his statement Wednesday, shortly after President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE signed the deal that Sanders has repeatedly criticized. 

"As the only leading presidential candidate to oppose Trump’s NAFTA 2.0, I am pledging today that upon being sworn in as president, I will immediately begin renegotiating this disastrous deal to combat climate change, stop the outsourcing of American jobs and end the destructive race to the bottom,” Sanders said in a statement, referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which the new trade deal replaced. 


Sanders was one of 10 senators, and the only Democratic presidential candidate, to vote against the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). He cited a lack of protection for American workers and the environment as reasons for his opposition. 

“It does not even mention the words 'climate change', the most existential threat facing our planet,” Sanders added in his Wednesday statement. "We need a trade policy that works for the working class and improves the environment. And that's exactly what I will fight for as president."

Sanders’s opposition to the bill is one of his key differences between himself and fellow progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPress: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Pentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (D-Mass.), another top competitor in the presidential primary. Warren had initially opposed the plan, but later announced support for the renegotiated version that she said made “improvements” to Trump’s original proposal.