UPDATED 6:59 AM PT — Thursday, August 1, 2019
Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley offered words of advice for President Trump alongside his push for a revised version of the USMCA trade deal.
During a committee hearing tuesday, Grassley warned the president should tread lightly” in his effort to persuade House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move forward with the agreement.
Grassley noted, in this circumstance the president should be “patient.” He claimed nothing will happen if “Pelosi doesn’t want it to happen.”
“I came away from a meeting that I had with speaker Pelosi that was very positive as I heard her words and expressed her attitude towards USMCA,” he stated. “People want to push and push, but I think we must be patient as she works through this and I have confidence she wants to get to yes.”
House Democrats are seeking changes to the accord before final approval with the House Ways and Means Committee set to take up the deal in September.