Trump blasts Pelosi for 'taking too long' on Mexico, Canada trade pact

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not bringing his administration's re-negotiated trade deal with neighboring Mexico and Canada up for a vote in Congress.

The Republican president and his administration have been pressing for ratification since the three countries inked the deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in November 2018.

The new pact, the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA), must win approval in a divided Congress where Pelosi's fellow Democrats control the House and have said they have concerns over the agreement, including its labor and enforcement provisions.

Trump administration officials have been pressing for a House vote before the end of November, although a key U.S. labor leader earlier this month said it would fail if it was voted on before the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 28.

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President Donald Trump, center, reaches out to Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they prepare to sign a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is replacing the NAFTA trade deal, during a ceremony at a hotel before the start of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The USMCA, as Trump refers to it, must still be approved by lawmakers in all three countries. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
President Donald Trump, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Neto, left, participate in the USMCA signing ceremony, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Neto, left, participate in the USMCA signing ceremony, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Neto, left, participate in the USMCA signing ceremony, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
El presidente Donald Trump, el primer ministro de Canadá Justin Trudeau, a la derecha, y el presidente de México, Enrique Peña Neto, a la izquierda, participan en la ceremonia de firma de la USMCA, el viernes 30 de noviembre de 2018 en Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Foto / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump, center, smiles as he speaks next to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, applauding, before they sign a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is replacing the NAFTA trade deal, during a ceremony at a hotel before the start of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The USMCA, as Trump refers to it, must still be approved by lawmakers in all three countries. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Mexico President Enrique Pena Neto, left, as Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, looks on after participating in the USMCA signing ceremony, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Neto, left, walk out after participating in the USMCA signing ceremony, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks as President Donald Trump looks on before they sign a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is replacing the NAFTA trade deal, during a ceremony at a hotel before the start of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The USMCA, as Trump refers to it, must still be approved by lawmakers in all three countries. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
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NAFTA governs more than $1.2 trillion of mutual trade between the three countries, and Trump sees its replacement as key to his trade agenda with the U.S. economy looming large in his bid for re-election next year.

"Can't believe that Nervous Nancy Pelosi isn't moving faster on USMCA. Her people want it, they don't know why she isn't putting it up for a bipartisan vote. Taking too long!" Trump tweeted.

Representatives for Pelosi could not be immediately reached for comment.

Pelosi last week said lawmakers were getting closer to a consensus with administration officials over the pact. Her comments came one day after her heated exchange with Trump at the White House in which she criticized the president for having a "meltdown." Trump, in turn, reportedly called her a "third rate politician."

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Sandra Maler)

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