A Bittersweet Day For Donald Trump In The Senate, Who Begins His Trial And Approves His New Treaty With Mexico And Canada | International | News

This Thursday has been a positive and negative day for the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

This day the US Senate formally initiated the impeachment political trial against the president, on a day in which a non-partisan control body of Congress dealt a blow to the Republican leader by concluding that the White House violated the law by retaining aid in security for Ukraine approved by lawmakers.

The senators even took an oath before the president of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts, in the first act of the process against the Republican president.


The political trial against the president will resume Tuesday at 1:00 pm, announced the head of the Republican majority in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell.

Although the impeachment was approved by the lower house (House of Representatives), the Senate is unlikely to confirm Trump's guilt because the ruling party (the Republican Party) has a majority in this chamber.

Meanwhile, the Senate also gave Trump a victory on Thursday by approving the renewal of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes stricter rules on labor and automotive content but leaves almost no annual trade flows between that country, Mexico and Canada for 1.2 trillion dollars.

The legislation for the treaty between the neighbors (known as TMEC), was approved by 89 votes against 10, and sent the measure to the president to promulgate it.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Trump's efforts to rebalance US trade ties with its main partners were paying off and driving the country's economic growth.

The House of Representatives, where the Democrats have the majority, passed the legislation on December 19 after insisting on changes to improve the application of the new labor rights.

Even Canada must approve the agreement – Mexico has already done so – before it can take effect and replace NAFTA. Trump blamed that pact for the loss of thousands of jobs in US factories to Mexico, where wages are lower.

Trump made the renegotiation of NAFTA a centerpiece of his 2016 election campaign, calling the pact "the worst trade agreement ever made." The president had threatened to cancel NAFTA unless Congress acted to approve a new treaty, which generated uncertainty and put a brake on new investments.

The trade deficit of US goods with Mexico was $ 80.7 billion in 2018 compared to a surplus of $ 1.7 billion in 1993. But NAFTA also quadrupled trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico to $ 1.2 trillion a year in 2017. (I)



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