Once the new trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico was announced, it seemed like everyone was chiming in on it. There was a race between President Trump and Speaker Pelosi to see who could take credit for it first. Media analysts were picking apart the few details that were officially released.
But do you know who wasn’t talking about it? The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Not one of the top tier hopefuls released a statement about it. And as Alexander Bolton at The Hill notes, there’s a good explanation for this phenomenon. They’re all caught between a rock and a hard place. Nancy Pelosi and the unions who fund most of their campaigns both like the deal, but praising it would mean giving a nod to a big victory for the President, whom they all despise. What’s a Democrat to do?
Democrats running for president face a difficult decision on whether to embrace a revamped trade deal with Mexico and Canada that is backed by the AFL-CIO and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), but also represents a significant victory for President Trump.
The deal seems likely to divide the Democratic field, with progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on one side and centrists such as former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on the other.
None of the top-tier Democratic presidential candidates released statements or offered public comment on the trade deal Tuesday.