President Donald Trump's support for Congressman Tom Reed, a Republican who represents New York's 23rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, was on display again Wednesday in a tweet from the President's account.
Thank you to Congressman Tom Reed of New York for your wonderful comments on our great new Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada, the USMCA. I have long ago given you my Full Endorsement, and for good reason. Keep up the Great Work! @Varneyco— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2018
Trump credited Reed for his "wonderful comments" on the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, which is designed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump also reiterated his "full endorsement for Reed." Reed faces Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano in the general election in November.
In the wake of news that a preliminary agreement had been reached between Mexico and the United States, with Canada still mulling, Reed went on the Fox Business Channel on Monday to tout the agreement's impact on dairy farmers, of which New York has many. He also spoke about a recent bill that disbursed $4.7 billion to US farmers, much of which went to soybean farmers, though apparently some to dairy as well.
"This is about getting our house in order with our family and friends in Mexico, Canada and the EU, then we'll take on China," Reed said. "We're going to have to deal with this short term injection of cash in order to stand with our farmers, especially our dairy farmers who I care deeply about here in Western New York."
Trump and Reed's history goes back quite a ways, as Reed is generally recognized as one of the first prominent elected Republican officials nationally to support Trump's bid for presidency in the run-up to the 2016 election.
Reed's comments notwithstanding, it's not yet certain that the USMCA will actually take effect. The trade agreement still has to be approved by Congress, a discussion which probably wouldn't take place for a few more months since they have 90 days to review it. How Congress will look then is possibly the biggest question facing the nation in the foreseeable future. Public disapproval of Trump has fueled speculation of a "Blue Wave," that would theoretically give Democrats power in one, or (improbably) both, of the Senate or House of Representatives. Whether or not Democrats would sign off on the deal is the biggest hurdle it would face then, should that scenario unfold.