The new U.S.-Mexico trade agreement is a triumph for President Donald Trump despite the condemnation from his critics, according to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
“The strides made after a year of negotiations are really impressive,” she said Monday on “The Angle.”
Ingraham praised the president’s work which “will set the benchmark for any future deals in this hemisphere.”
Trump announced his new trade deal with Mexico on Monday, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new plan that is beneficial to both countries and helps American workers and manufacturers. It also fulfills another one of Trump’s campaign promises.
The new deal ensures that car companies will produce 75 percent of auto parts in North America, up from 62.5 percent, with 40 – 45 percent of those parts being produced by workers being paid at least $16 an hour.
“It’s a big day for trade. It’s a big day for our country,” the president told reporters in the Oval Office, announcing that the name “NAFTA” would be dropped as it has a”bad connotation.”
“If the reaction of the stock market is any indication, which surged in reaction to today’s news, Congress should fast track the U.S.-Mexican trade agreement and keep the Trump economy humming,” Ingraham noted on her show Monday.
She reminded viewers that the new deal fulfills another one of Trump’s campaign promises to do away with flawed trade deals that left America with massive $500 billion trade deficits. She also recounted how reactions from his critics as stood his ground about tough tariffs and trade deals was nothing short of “apocalyptic.”
“As the media fixate on side shows that have zero impact on American lives,” Ingraham said, “Trump is methodically fulfilling his campaign promises, and today he delivered on a huge one.”
She noted how the “so-called experts have consistently gotten it wrong underestimating Trump,” who has his own team of experts who were “committed to leveling the playing field and creating reciprocity between nations.”
Both current and the soon-to-be presidents of Mexico “see the wisdom of bilateral arrangements” with the U.S., Ingraham said.
“I recognize your political will,” outgoing Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto told Trump, “and your participation in this.”
Univision News anchor Enrique Acevedo has no doubt the deal is a win for Mexico, telling Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that though Trump is touting the plan as a “mission accomplished moment,” it is “not a done deal” as Congress must approve it and Canada has yet to weigh in.
Acevedo contorted the discussion each time MacCallum tried to get him to admit the positive outcomes during Monday’s “The Story,” reminding him how critical he has been of Trump for “destroying our relationship” with Mexico.
He admitted news of the agreement was “widely celebrated in Mexico,” and acknowledged the “merit in Trump’s trade strategy” but still criticized the “way that they carry it out.”
“Why do we have to alienate friends and neighbors to get to where we want to get?” Acevedo asked.
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