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 ToomeyNSA 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 WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns MORE (R-Penn.) argued on Sunday that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement is a “complete capitulation” to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team House revives agenda after impeachment storm Democrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public MORE (D-Calif.) on trade.

Toomey argued on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 ToddGOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles Sunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial GOP senator, Chuck Todd spar over whether Lev Parnas should testify in Senate impeachment trial 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.