Sanders vows to renegotiate 'disastrous' North American trade deal

Sanders vows to renegotiate 'disastrous' North American trade deal
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats call on Biden to step up virus response We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Overnight Health Care — Biden's Supreme Court setback 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 TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report 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 WarrenThe Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness We are America's independent contractors, and we are terrified Fed's Brainard faces GOP pressure on climate stances 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.