President Trump touted his trade victory at a rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, linking Democrats’ approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement to the party’s alleged embarrassment over the impeachment inquiry. He also attempted to minimize the articles of impeachment unveiled Tuesday as “impeachment light.”
“The silver lining of impeachment and this witch hunt is it’s the reason they approved USMCA,” Mr. Trump told thousands of supporters in Hershey. He later claimed that Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed the deal forward because she “wanted to smother this impeachment crap.”
“It’s a huge deal and it plays down the whole impeachment because they’re embarrassed by the impeachment,” Mr. Trump said. “Our poll numbers have gone through the roof because of her stupid impeachment.”
The president also attempted to downplay the two articles of impeachment announced Tuesday, in which Democrats accused him of abuse of power over his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress for his response to the subsequent investigation.
“This is impeachment light,” Mr. Trump said, “This is the lightest impeachment in the history of our country by far.”
Mr. Trump is only the fourth president in U.S. history to have articles of impeachment drafted against him, and appears likely to become the third to be impeached by the House of Representatives. There could be a full House vote on impeachment before December 20.