Trump calls for trade deal passage before infrastructure bill

President Trump told Democratic lawmakers in a letter Tuesday that Congress should take up and pass a trade deal with Canada and Mexico before debating a bill about infrastructure in the US.

Trump sent the letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ahead of a Wednesday meeting at the White House.

“Before we get to infrastructure, it is my strong view that Congress should first pass the important and popular USMCA trade deal,” Trump wrote in the letter.

“Once Congress has passed USMCA, we should turn our attention to a bipartisan infrastructure package,” he added.

Trump and the Democrats are hoping to work out a deal to provide $2 trillion in funds for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects.

In the letter, Trump said he’s committed to passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill but wants the Democratic leaders to make their priorities clear.

“Your caucus has expressed a wide-range of priorities, and it is unclear which ones have your support,” Trump wrote.

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