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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 ToomeyAppeals court rules NSA's bulk phone data collection illegal Dunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel GOP senators push for quick, partial reopening of economy MORE (R-Penn.) argued on Sunday that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) agreement is a “complete capitulation” to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a Senate vote | Pelosi, Mnuchin see progress, but no breakthrough | Trump, House lawyers return to court in fight over financial records Progress, but no breakthrough, on coronavirus relief McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a vote in Senate MORE (D-Calif.) on trade.

Toomey argued on NBC News’s “Meet the Press” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally 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 ToddHHS secretary: Avoiding large gatherings 'a difficult message for all Western democracies' Trump bashes NBC ahead of town hall, adds it's 'a free hour on television' Chuck Todd indirectly refers to former colleague Olbermann as 'somebody from the very far left' of the media world 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.