CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden argued on Thursday that during the Obama administration, Democrats were hampered in their promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by Republicans in Congress.
VERDICT: Mostly False. The Obama administration was in office less than four months when the White House announced they would not reopen the agreement. At the time, Democrats held wide majorities in both chambers of Congress, specifically a supermajority in the United States Senate, where any update to NAFTA would have to be ratified.
Biden, who has struggled to explain his prior support for liberalized trade on the campaign trail, was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper during an exclusive interview set to air on Thursday about President Donald Trump’s landmark trade deal: the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). Tapper, in particular, questioned whether Trump deserved more credit for the deal than he was getting, especially as Democrats had