(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump, in a brief Q&A with the White House press on Monday, plugged the languishing United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal, saying he wouldn't blame those countries for scrapping the deal: "We'll just have to blame Nancy," he said, referring to House Speaker Pelosi.
"By the way, USMCA, I can tell you it's sitting on Nancy Pelosi's desk," Trump said in a joint appearance with Bulgaria's president.
USMCA, that's the deal, the trade deal, the great trade deal for the farmers, manufacturers, workers of all types, including union. It's sitting on Nancy Pelosi's desk. She's incapable of moving it, it looks like. She can't--everybody knows it's a great deal. She knows it's a great deal. She said it. She keeps saying she wants to get done, but we're talking about many, many months sitting on her desk, no votes.
And she doesn't have to help with the Democrats because they're going to vote for it, most of them. And I guess all of the Republicans are going to vote for it.
But the system is--the way the system works, she has to put it up for a vote. And she hasn't wanted to do it because, I understand, a couple of the unions, AFL-CIO they are asking her to hold it for a while because...it will make Trump look bad. Although I get a lot of votes out of the AFL-CIO except for maybe the top, who I actually like. Richard Trumka. Nice guy.
But Nancy Pelosi should put it up for a vote because at some point pretty soon, you're going to have Canada and are going to have Mexico say what's going on? Send the agreement back. Let's not make the deal. And I wouldn't blame them at all, and that's okay. We'll just blame Nancy.
She's got to put U.S., that's United States-Canada-Mexico trade deal, a phenomenal deal for our farmers, for everybody, it's a great deal for our country. It replaces one of the worst trade deals ever made, that's NAFTA. So we have a great deal. She has to put it up for a vote.
She doesn't have to talk to anybody. All she has to do is say were putting it up for a vote, like, immediately. And a lot of time is being wasted, but you're going to have Mexico and Canada pull it pretty soon. And if they do, it's her fault, not mine. We give you a great deal. It's her fault. And you've got to get going. You've got to get going. She's really traumatized.
At her news conference last week, Pelosi told reporters, "I'm eager to get this (trade deal) done."
"We live in a world of instant gratification," Pelosi said. "You have an agreement, when is the bill coming? No, there's a lot of writing and conversations with Canada, with Mexico on the basis of what we might come to agreement on, in terms of the change in the actual treaty and the actual agreement.
"So it will take time to write and then to bring to the floor, but one giant step will be if we could come to terms and we have really clarity in what our position is, so it not be vague in any way. We have clarity. You're either for enforcement or you're for niceties, and we want to have both."
Pelosi said Democrats "want to see enforceability," but her explanation was vague:
"Just think of yourself as a worker out there who's been affected by trade, felt very betrayed by the -- by NAFTA. We have a responsibility to drastically improve the situation, that is to say, to make it real, not just NAFTA with sugar on top, but a change in the fundamentals of it and so that you have enforceability.
"...And if we don't improve the leverage for America's workers, we don't improve that leverage for Mexican workers. And the lower they get paid, the more jobs go to Mexico and the more the migration issue festers. And again, we haven't helped American workers."
Under the "enforcement" umbrella, Pelosi includes "labor, workers rights, et cetera, pharmaceuticals, environment:
We'll see where we are on all of those. But even if we could agree on the terminology, if we don't agree on the enforcement, we still have a problem. I don't want us to miss any opportunity to have a bill that I think could be a template for the future because globalization is a reality. It is not going away. It is a fact.
And to the extent that we can have fairness in terms of all workers in all the countries, protection for environment because you cannot separate commerce from the environment, even though this administration is in denial on that, but nonetheless, you can't separate.
And then the pharmaceutical issues very important because of the cost of prescription drugs and how it might be impacted by the trade agreement. This is a very big issue for us, hence, we have H.R. 3 and we don't want anything in the trade agreement to diminish our prospects here.