Bernie Sanders Admits Trump's NAFTA Replacement Is Better, Vows Not To Support it
Socialist's comments came during the Democratic presidential debate
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders revealed that he thought President Donald Trump’s proposed replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement is better than the current one, but then promised not to give it his support.
Sander comments came during the Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles.
The socialist senator noted that he voted against NAFTA, a deal Trump rejected, and which the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would replace.
Sanders added he doesn't believe the USMCA would be a “great job creator.”
“This is a modest improvement over what we have right now. It would allow, hopefully, Mexican workers to organize into unions,” Sanders said.
“But at the end of the day, in my view, it is not going to stop outsourcing. It is not going to stop corporations from moving to Mexico, where manufacturing workers make less than $2 an hour.”
“What we need is a trade policy that stands up for workers, stands up for farmers, and by the way, the word ‘climate change,’ to the best of my knowledge, is not discussed in this new NAFTA agreement at all.”
“So no, I will not be voting for this agreement, although it makes some modest improvements,” he concluded.
The House voted to approve the USMCA, one day after it impeached Trump.
“The trade pact is a revamped version of the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which encouraged trade among the three countries,” according to ABC News.
Bernie Sanders says he'll vote against USMCA — the new trade deal passed by the House today: "It is not going to stop outsourcing. It is not going to stop corporations from moving to Mexico...the word "climate change"...is not discussed in this new NAFTA agreement at all." pic.twitter.com/yql20E46A4— Axios (@axios) December 20, 2019
“President Donald Trump, though, blamed it for shipping manufacturing jobs to Mexico, where wages are lower, and promised voters a deal that would create a more even playing field,” the outlet added.
“This deal is much better than the original NAFTA — and infinitely better than what was initially proposed by the administration,” the socialist Democrat said.
Sanders has opposed the USMCA for months.
As The Hill reported, Sanders said in November 2018:
“In my view, a re-negotiated NAFTA must stop the outsourcing of U.S. jobs, end the destructive race to the bottom, protect the environment, and lower the outrageously high price of prescription drugs."
The USMCA “does not meet these standards,” Sanders stated.