Trump, Dems in tentative deal on North American trade pact

Washington DC — House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Donald Trump.

“I’m hearing very good things, including from unions and others that it’s looking good. I hope they put it up to a vote, and if they put it up to a vote, it’s going to pass,” Trump said Monday.

“I’m hearing a lot of strides have been made over the last 24 hours, with unions and others.” “We’re close. We’re not quite finished yet. We’re within range,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday night.

She briefed lawmakers on the negotiations earlier in the evening and said more meetings would follow Tuesday.

The tentative accord was revealed by a Democratic aide not authorized to discuss the talks and granted anonymity because the agreement is not official.

In Mexico City, Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Monday night that there would be a meeting of the three countries’ negotiating teams Tuesday “to announce the advances achieved” on the trade agreement.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was expected to travel to Mexico City to participate.

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