Pelosi to meet with Lighthizer amid trade tensions

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Stocks plummet as Trump's trade war with China escalates | China retaliates with tariffs on US crops | Trump eyes 0B in new tariffs | Trump, Xi to meet | Kavanaugh breaks with conservative justices in Apple case Omar accuses Cheney of 'deep seeded hate and Islamophobia' Hillicon Valley: Justices deal blow to Apple over App Store lawsuit | Twitter apologizes for sharing users' location data | Dems turn focus to rural broadband | Activists protest Palantir's work with ICE MORE (D-Calif.) will meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerChinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead Trump says no discussion of extending deadline in Chinese trade talks MORE Wednesday afternoon as the White House faces increasing bipartisan criticism over its aggressive trade policies.

A senior Democratic aide confirmed the meeting to The Hill, which will take place a 1 p.m.

Two Democratic sources told Politico, which was the first to report the meeting, that the official topic of the meeting is President Trump’s new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. But the meeting also comes amid an escalating trade war with China, which has resulted in additional tariffs from both sides over the past week.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) will also reportedly be at the meeting. 

Lighthizer’s office did not immediately responded to a request for comment from The Hill.

The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), a successor to the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), awaits its fate in Congress, where House Democrats, led by Pelosi, threaten to hold up the deal’s ratification over labor concerns and Senate Republicans express skepticism over the deal’s effectiveness while tariffs are still applied to Canada and Mexico.

“I wish him success in the negotiation,” Pelosi told reporters on Monday. “But as I say, we have to use our leverage without antagonizing those who are on our side on this.”

Lighthizer and other administration officials have said they will not reopen the negotiations with the other two signatories. The political window appears to be closing, as a deal of this magnitude is unlikely to gain traction on Capitol Hill as the 2020 presidential race takes up an increasing amount of oxygen.

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