President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at the White House in Washington, from a campaign rally in Montoursville, Pa., Monday, May 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told Democratic leaders Tuesday that he believes Congress should first pass a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico before taking up a bill to boost the nation’s infrastructure. The president made his request in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer before a White House meeting Wednesday. The move fits with what many Republicans in Congress have been urging but clashes with the priorities of many Democratic lawmakers who still have concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. The potential clash in priorities is just one of the flash points that could derail action by Congress. Lawmakers and Trump administration officials have also been reticent to say how they would pay for an infrastructure bill, creating doubts about the prospects of reaching an agreement before the 2020 elections. Trump said the trade agreement would boost employment growth and create millions of high-wage jobs. “Once Congress has passed USMCA, we should turn our attention to a bipartisan infrastructure package,” Trump said. The… Read full this story
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