During a Monday afternoon Oval Office press event to announce a new trade deal with Mexico, Donald Trump had some major difficulties getting Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on his speakerphone.
Trump had to wait for the President of Mexico to get on the phone in the Oval Office:
"Enrqiue? Ok, you can hook him up"
"You want to put that on this phone, please? Hello?"
Then the call connects: "Thank you, Enrique and congratulations…we've all worked very hard" https://t.co/uDzHVknfWe
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) August 27, 2018
Trump and Nieto have reportedly agreed to changes to NAFTA, which Trump has derided as being disadvantageous to the United States.
According to CNN, the biggest items agreed upon by the United States and Mexico are as follows:
- “Auto manufacturing: The new deal would require that 75% of the parts in any car sold in North America be produced in the United States or Mexico. Currently, about 62% of parts are required to be produced in the United States, Mexico or Canada.
- Higher labor standards: The new deal would require that 40% to 45% of auto parts in cars sold be made by workers earning at least $16 USD per hour.
- Sunset clause: The agreement will last for 16 years, and will be reviewed every six years.”
Trump added that the NAFTA monicker will be dropped from the newly negotiated trade deal.
But the details of the deal were overshadowed by the speakerphone fail, which is now going viral for an entirely different reason: a Twitter hero has set it to the closing credits theme song of HBO’s Veep.
And it works well…almost too well:
— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) August 27, 2018
This is literally the only time I have happily listened to @realDonaldTrump And I laughed so hard. Thank you.
— Sandra Beggs (@sandra_beggs) August 27, 2018
Twitter thinks we’re living in an episode of Veep.