Amy Klobuchar on Friday said the Trump trade deal known as the USMCA was “not perfect,” but defended her vote to pass it in the Senate last month.
“One of the things about being in the arena is you have to make decisions all the time, and these things aren't always exactly how you would do them,” Klobuchar said.
“But in this case, if you want to criticize Trump for not ever having any friends — and I would agree, he always sides with tyrants over innocents, he always sides with dictators over allies — but I think you’ve got to have some friends. Those two countries, our neighbors, may not be perfect but they are our friends,” she added.
Klobuchar said the trade agreement was not perfect, “but the point of it is, if we start isolating ourselves from the rest of the world we are going to hurt ourselves economically and we are going to hurt our nation’s security.”
Fellow 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren also voted for the bill.
Senators of both parties came together last month to pass President Donald Trump's foremost legislative priority — the revised North American Free Trade Agreement. Nine Democrats, including Bernie Sanders, opposed it.
Among other changes from the Bill Clinton-era trade agreement known as NAFTA, the USMCA includes new provisions for digital commerce, more stringent rules of origin for auto parts and new minimum wage requirements for certain auto workers.