House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will meet with President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator Wednesday during a key stretch for the White House’s trade policy, a senior Democratic aide said.
Pelosi, joined by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C. and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., will huddle with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in the afternoon. They will primarily address the president’s updates to the North American Free Trade Agreement but will likely discuss the widening trade war with China as well, according to the aide.
The meeting comes as Pelosi and top House Democrats show reservations about approving an updated version of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has dubbed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement. They have expressed concerns about whether the deal has sufficient environmental and labor protections. They have also worried about whether certain provisions could increase drug costs.