President Donald Trump correctly predicted that his historic United States–Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade would basically be ignored by a media hungry for his impeachment.
The trade deal that replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was overwhelmingly passed by the Senate in an 89-10 vote on Thursday just before two articles of impeachment against the president were delivered. Similarly, the House vote to approve USMCA by 385-41 came a day after the impeachment articles were authorized.
“And the USMCA will probably be second to this witch hunt hoax, which hopefully everyone knows is not going anywhere,” Trump said from the Oval Office. “It was nothing done wrong. This was a perfect phone call.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted after the vote, noting that while Trump is working on behalf of Americans, Democrats are just “whining.”
After yesterday’s historic trade deal w China & USMCA passed today, the dems are now reading their sham articles of impeachment, which they manufactured in order to stop @realDonaldTrump from his continued success on behalf of 🇺🇸. He’s working – they’re whining.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) January 16, 2020
But the Senate’s bipartisan approval of the trade deal was basically ignored by the media, as ABC, CBS, and NBC did not even address the trade agreement during their evening news broadcasts.
According to the Media Research Center:
While the networks refused to cover the USMCA they dedicated a large chunk of time to impeachment: 19 minutes and three seconds of combined airtime. NBC Nightly News had the most at almost seven minutes (6:58). ABC’s World News Tonight came in seconds with six minutes, 36 seconds. And CBS Evening News brought up the rear at five minutes, 29 seconds.
“In the middle of all of this, the Senate today approved the new USMCA trade deal. It was a major victory of the President, making good on his promise from the 2016 campaign,” chief White House correspondent John Roberts reported for Fox News which did spend some time on the topic.
(Video: Fox News via MRC)
“President Trump is trying to present a contrast from the White House of him doing the nation’s business, while up on Capitol Hill there are all these political machinations. And, he still plans to be out of the country addressing the World Economic Forum, just as his Senate trial gets underway. That could change, but for the moment, that is still the plan,” Roberts said on “Special Report.”
“The markets seemed to like the business part of all this. All three of the major stock exchanges hit new record highs today. The Dow finishing ahead 267. The S&P 500 gained 28. The NASDAQ jumped 98 today,” anchor Brett Baier noted.
New publication “Politico” was called out on Twitter after it justifiably gave credit to Trump as ‘major win’, but then reportedly took it back with stealth headline revision:
— Erin Perrine (@ErinMPerrine) January 16, 2020
The other network newscasts also used footage of Trump’s remarks from the Oval Office but, predictably, only focused on his reaction to the impeachment reports.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was slammed for choosing to announce the impeachment managers for the upcoming Senate trial at a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, just before the president signed the “historic” US-China trade deal at a ceremony with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.
Nancy Pelosi called ‘petty and un-American’ for upstaging Trump’s historic China trade deal https://t.co/5gZdGZv0So
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 15, 2020
“I think it should go very quickly. It’s a hoax. It’s a hoax, everybody knows that,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Thursday, lamenting the fact that the USMCA would take a backseat in the news cycle to the latest on the impeachment process.
“That was the second story to a total hoax,” he added.
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