President Donald Trump ridiculed House Democrats on Tuesday, Dec. 10, saying they approved the United States-Mexico- Canada (USMCA) trade deal because they were embarrassed by the articles of impeachment they introduced earlier on the day.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced an agreement on Tuesday with President Trump, a new trade pact replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), setting up a full vote as early as next week.
“There is no question, of course, that this trade agreement is much better than NAFTA,” Pelosi said at a news conference held just an hour after she announced two articles of impeachment against President Trump at another press conference.
The pact is “infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration,” The Associated Press reported citing Pelosi.
President Trump also touted the agreement, but said the impeachment is the reason the Democrats approved it.
“Without the impeachment, they would have never approved it, in my opinion,” President Trump told reporters before departing for a campaign rally in Pennsylvania.
“Interestingly, one hour after the news conference, they went out and did a news conference on the big trade—the great trade deal, one of the greatest trade deals ever made for our country,” President Trump said.
“And the reason is they wanted to muffle down the impeachment because they’re embarrassed by it, and they couldn’t get the votes. And that’s exactly what happened,” President Trump continued, adding that the impeachment articles are “very weak.”
The president said that the USMCA is “going to be a great thing for our farmers, our manufacturers, for our—for just about everybody.”
Replying to a question, “Do you think you will now be impeached?” President Trump said, “I can’t imagine they vote for it because we did nothing wrong.”