Trump to sign USMCA next Wednesday

Trump to sign USMCA next Wednesday
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE plans to sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law next Wednesday at the White House. 

The trade deal represents one of Trump’s most significant accomplishments during his first term as president, following through on a major campaign promise to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Trump’s signing of the agreement on Jan. 29, which was first reported by Reuters and later confirmed by a White House spokesman, will offer the president an opportunity to take a victory lap highlighting the achievement.

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The signing ceremony is also likely to take place at a time Trump’s impeachment trial will still be occurring in the Senate, and will provide a bit of counter-programming to those proceedings.

The USMCA passed with considerable bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyMcSally unveils bill to lower drug prices amid tough campaign Ernst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Overnight Health Care: Nevada union won't endorse before caucuses after 'Medicare for All' scrap | McConnell tees up votes on two abortion bills | CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case MORE (R-Iowa), the president pro tempore of the Senate, signed the legislation on Wednesday, sending it to Trump’s desk. 

The deal marks one of two trade achievements that the president has heralded in recent weeks; the signing will come just two weeks after the president celebrated a “phase one” trade pact with China at an event at the White House. 

Trump has a busy week upcoming as he juggles campaign appearances and official business at the White House.

The White House also announced Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE will travel to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to discuss the Trump administration’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan. 

Trump is also scheduled to attend campaign rallies in New Jersey and Iowa on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, respectively.