LONDON -- U.S. President Donald Trump says his country's legislators have to ratify the new North American free-trade deal before Mexico and Canada lose interest in finalizing it.
He and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met in London on Tuesday afternoon, on the sidelines of a summit of NATO leaders. Beforehand, Trump said he wouldn't blame Trudeau or Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for walking away while the deal waits for a vote in the U.S. Congress.
The Democrats who control the U.S. House of Representatives haven't brought the trade deal up for a vote amid concerns about enforcing environmental and labour standards on Mexican employers. Trump, who faces an impeachment inquiry in the same chamber, has been trying to pressure them for months to move on the treaty.
"We look forward to being able to take the vote on USMCA. It's been there for a time," Trump said, referring to the deal by its acronym.