Bush Derides Pelosi's 'False Populism' in Trade Impasse

Speaker holding Colombia deal hostage, president charges
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 7:11 PM CDT
President Bush today said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been swayed by "voices of false populism" in killing a US trade accord with Colombia.   (AP Photo/CBS Face the Nation, Karin Cooper)
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(Newser) – Saying the House's top Democrat has been swayed by "voices of false populism," President Bush today ripped Nancy Pelosi for blocking a trade accord with Colombia, the New York Times reports. "it’s bad for our hemisphere to have the United States of America turn its back on a mutual friend like Colombia," Bush said in an appearance with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.

“Democrats stand ready to work with the president to bring the Colombia Free Trade Agreement to a vote in the House," shot back Pelosi, who fears the pact will send US jobs abroad," but the timing has to be that of America’s working families, not the timing of the president."