“Nervous Nancy Pelosi & the Democrat House are getting nothing done. Perhaps they could lead the way with the USMCA, the spectacular & very popular new Trade Deal that replaces NAFTA, the worst Trade Deal in the history of the U.S.A. Great for our Farmers, Manufacturers & Unions!” Trump tweeted.
The respective comments Saturday morning mark the latest jabs between Trump and Pelosi in their continuing war of words.
In her statement, Pelosi took issue with Trump’s relationship with Mexico and said the President’s actions “undermined America’s preeminent leadership role in the world” by threatening tariffs on a nation she described as “our close friend and neighbor to the south.”
On Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Pelosi’s counterpart, tweeted sarcastically of Trump’s announcement: “Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future.”
The Trump administration’s declaration said Mexico would increase enforcement to curb irregular migration and that individuals caught crossing into the US from Mexico seeking asylum would be “rapidly returned” to Mexico where they will await consideration of their asylum claims, according to the State Department.
Pelosi pledged in her statement that Congress would hold the administration accountable “for its failures to address the humanitarian situation at our southern border,” and said Trump had undermined both efforts in Congress to address the border and efforts with Mexico to address smuggling networks.
CNN’s Jeremy Diamond, Maegan Vazquez, Michelle Kosinski and Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.