AFL-CIO president laughs at Trump's assertion that unions support new trade pact

AFL-CIO president laughs at Trump's assertion that unions support new trade pact
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The president of the largest labor organization in the U.S. reportedly laughed at President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE’s repeated assertions that unions support the new North American trade agreement, according to Politico.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the outlet that maybe Trump is “talking about the unions in some other country” while laughing at the fact Trump said unions are “in favor” of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in line to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“I don’t have a clue” where Trump gets that from, Trumka told Politico, adding that unions are “pretty united.”

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Trump is pushing for the USMCA to pass Congress this year, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauCustoms to seize exports of masks and gloves amid coronavirus pandemic COVID is a very different kind of crisis politically Canadian province leader 'infuriated' Trump blocking medical exports despite 9/11 help MORE meeting with him and party leadership this week to discuss the deal.

Trumka said while the new deal has some improvements from NAFTA, work still needs to be done on it to garner support from organized labor.

“We still have a lot of work to do and rushing this thing or trying to push it through to a vote will backfire, because if people were forced to vote on the current text, they would have to vote 'no,'" Trumka told the news outlet.

Trumka cautioned rushing the deal to a vote before hammering out details with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrip that led to acting Navy secretary's resignation cost 3K: reports Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (D-Calif.), who will control when it hits the House floor for a vote.

“There are people in the Trump administration that are trying to rush this thing through and I think it’s a terrible, foolish strategy because it will blow up in their face,” he said. “I think the reasonable people in the Trump administration know it’s more important to get this right than to do it tomorrow.”