President Donald Trump will travel to Wisconsin later this week to push for congressional approval of USMCA, a new free trade deal that his administration has signed with Canada and Mexico but awaited ratification from lawmakers.
The Accociated Press reported, citing the White House, that President Trump will head to Milwaukee on Friday, July 12, to visit Derco Aerospace, a company providing parts, logistics, and repair services to fixed-wing aircraft and is a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.
The president will also attend a fundraiser in Milwaukee and stop in Cleveland for another fundraiser.
The sixth visit to Wisconsin will mark the return of President Trump to one of three Rust Belt states—along with Michigan and Pennsylvania—that traditionally go Democratic but voted for him in 2016.
Before going to Wisconsin, President Trump moved on Twitter to promote for USMCA, saying the trade deal between the United States, Mexico, and Canada would mean more jobs for American workers, more economic growth, and more opportunity for U.S. farmers, ranchers, and businesses.
Today, on this “USMCA Day of Action,” thousands of grassroots supporters are urging Congress to pass the great bipartisan USMCA. USMCA = more JOBS for American workers, more economic growth, and more OPPORTUNITY for our farmers, ranchers, and businesses. #USMCAnow https://t.co/sYMhKSDu5w
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2019
USMCA was signed in November 2018 after Trump administration renegotiated its old version NAFTA, which he said robbed “thousands of factories and millions of jobs” from the United States.
Trade between the United States and Mexico and Canada totals more than trade with the next 11 countries combined, and 2 million American jobs depend on exports to two neighbors, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
The Trump administration, therefore, is making efforts to pass USMCA as a top legislative priority this year.
On July 10, Vice President Mike Pence went to Lemoore, California, seeking to rally farmers and others in the agriculture industry to support USMCA, Visalia Times-Delta reported.
“USMCA is the evel playing field we need,” Pence said. “We are no longer going to allow an outdated trade deal to harm American farmers and businesses.”
The vice president said USMCA, if passed, would help boost U.S. trade to Canada and Mexico by a combined $29 billion.
“Now it’s time for Congress to do its job and pass USMCA this year,” Pence said.