There is nothing that happens in Trump World that he can’t claim to be the biggest and best ever in history. He’s claimed that his electoral college victory was the largest in GOP’s history (it wasn’t), that his tax cuts for the one percent were the biggest tax cut in history (it isn’t), and that he’s been the most successful president in history (that’s just laughable).
NPR noted that even while speaking about and signing the agreement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau notably referred to the deal in his speech as “the new NAFTA.” That’s because that is what the USMCA is: it is simply an updated version of NAFTA that remains mostly the same. The changes are simply more reflective of modern times; for instance, there was no digital commerce 25 years ago when the trade agreement was originally signed.
Trump consistently insisted during the 2016 campaigns that one of his first orders of business, right after ending the Affordable Care Act “on day one,” would be to elimate NAFTA entirely. Instead, he signed NAFTA 2.0 on Friday during the G20 in Argentina.
Neither Trudeau nor Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto seemed to want to celebrate the deal thanks to Trump’s recent heavy tariffs on both countries that restrict trade, money that is passed on to the consumer rather than the countries Trump has targeted, and have deeply affected farmers and production companies like General Motors.
The Twitter world was quick to remind Trump that they are not fooled and that Trump’s recent troubles with his lies about business ties to Russia exposed, he has bigger problems than trade deals and tariffs. Read some of their comments below:
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