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President Donald Trump on Thursday said Canada and Mexico are completely in line on the new North American trade deal and it is up to the United States to get it passed.

Trump, speaking to newsmen at the White House, said he hoped Congress would quickly move to act on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, or USMCA.

Canada said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to meet with Trump on June 20 in Washington to discuss ratification of the accord.

“Hopefully they can act quickly because we could have that done very, very fast if we can get support from, really, the Democrats in Congress, (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi, they have to put the bill forward,” Trump said.

The Trump administration has been pushing Congress to speed up a vote on the agreement.

However, the Democratic-led House of Representatives has sought more time to review the deal, with Pelosi pressing for improved enforcement mechanisms for labour and environmental standards.

Republicans, who control the U.S. Senate, have been seeking a vote on the USMCA before the August recess to avoid budget debates and 2020 presidential campaign activity expected to intensify in the autumn.

However, Pelosi controls the schedule for trade legislation in the House and USMCA does not appear likely to come to a vote in that chamber during the summer.

“I think that hopefully it’s going to get approved quickly, everybody wants it.

“It’s in Congress right now. It’s in the House and they’re reviewing it. But everybody seems to want it.

“As you know Canada is totally in line and Mexico is totally in line and now it’s up to us to get it passed.

“And it’s going to have a tremendous impact, I think,” Trump told a round-table with state governors.

Edited by Abiodun Oluleye

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