GOP senator argues that USMCA is a 'complete capitulation to Pelosi'

GOP senator argues that USMCA is a 'complete capitulation to Pelosi'
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Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyGOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy NSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general MORE (R-Penn.) argued on Sunday that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement is a “complete capitulation” to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (D-Calif.) on trade.

Toomey argued on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE is “mistaken” about his pride for the North American Free Trade Agreement's (NAFTA) replacement, saying it strays from commitments to free trade.

“So unfortunately, USMCA is an exercise through all kinds of new provisions to diminish trade, and that's why I hope Republicans reconsider this,” Toomey said. “We have historically recognized we're all better off with more open markets.”

When NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddDemings: 'We are long overdue for every law enforcement agency in our nation to review itself' DC mayor: 'I think that the president has a responsibility to help calm the nation' Atlanta mayor: 'We know the frustration is still there' despite calmer Saturday protests MORE asked the Pennsylvania senator if the Republican Party has moved on from free trade views, Toomey said that Trump is a “skeptic about trade” but that most of his colleagues would support free trade. 

Todd then asked why the White House believed Pelosi had more leverage in the USMCA negotiations.

“I don’t have an explanation for that, Chuck, but in the end there’s no question,” Toomey replied.  “It’s a complete capitulation to Pelosi and by extension [AFL-CIO President Richard] Trumka.”

Trump worked with Pelosi and House Democrats for months on the trade agreement amid the impeachment process. The new treaty, which was reached last week, is expected to pass with bipartisan support.

Toomey had previously said the agreement was worse than NAFTA.