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 ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote 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 - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions Overnight Health Care: Average daily COVID infections topped last summer's peak, CDC says | US reaches 70 percent vaccination goal a month after Biden's target | White House says CDC can't renew eviction ban Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban MORE (D-Calif.) on trade.

Toomey argued on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” that President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic 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 ToddChuck Todd is dead wrong: Liberal bias defines modern journalism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 NFL Network's Rich Eisen says he has COVID-19 despite being vaccinated 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.