Despite being hailed as a significant bipartisan trade deal, President Trump refused to invite Democrats to the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) ceremonial signing.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office complained about the snub and did their best to save face.
“The White House hasn’t invited House Democrats to their USMCA signing ceremony,” Spokesman for the Speaker, Henry Connelly, said in a statement.
“But we’ll be well represented in the huge changes to the original USMCA draft that Democrats wrested out of the Administration on labor, prescription drugs, environment, and enforcement mechanisms,” he added.
No ceremonial golden pens to take home this time, eh Democrats?
But there were some for those who actually attended the ceremony. Fox News reports, Trump appeared to “mock House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week by gleefully handing out souvenir pens” at the signing ceremony.
JUST IN: President Trump signs the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.
The USMCA represents a rare bipartisan achievement. The House passed it by an overwhelming 385-41 vote in December and the Senate followed with an 89-10 vote earlier this month https://t.co/091wFspE3c pic.twitter.com/kMxFCKX92C
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) January 29, 2020
Democrats Are Salty
It’s anybody’s guess as to why President Trump categorically refused to invite Democrats to the ceremony, but there is no shortage of justified reasons.
Perhaps it’s the reprehensible impeachment sham they’ve dragged the entire country through. The baseless investigations they’ve conducted over the last few years with little to no evidence of wrongdoing. The constant obstructionism.
Or maybe, as seen in the statement from Pelosi’s office, the President didn’t want Democrats taking credit for a win secured by the administration.
The “huge changes” referenced in the Speaker’s statement didn’t exactly come from the House resistance gang.
Fox News personality Laura Ingraham said she knows “a little bit about this deal,” and to nobody’s surprise, the Democrats are lying.
“She [Pelosi] conceded on all major aspects of the deal except a few provisions regarding drug companies that won’t get protections that they wanted,” Ingraham explained. “And look, we know the president himself has wanted to get tougher on the drug companies, anyway.”
They engaged in a bipartisan effort at the same time they were doing their damndest to remove @realDonaldTrump from office. Now they want credit for tossing the American people a cookie?
— Rusty Weiss 🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) January 29, 2020
Trump Learned From His Mistakes
The last time the President had a camera-loving, self-absorbed liberal at a signing ceremony for the USMCA, it was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau made a ridiculous scene, referring to the President as simply “Donald” during the meeting, repeatedly calling the USMCA, Trump’s preferred moniker, the ‘new NAFTA,’ and refusing to hold up his signed copy of the agreement when Trump suggested doing a photo op.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley called the new USMCA deal “a win for the American people.”
“This is a model agreement that changes the trade landscape forever,” Trump bragged at the time of the signing with Canada and Mexico.
“This is an agreement that first and foremost benefits working people, something of great importance to all three of us here today.”
A win for the American people and working-class citizens? No wonder Trump didn’t invite Democrats. They’ve been fighting against those groups of people since the dawn of time.
Cross-posted with Mental Recession