USMCA is just one major area where Trump has seen progress in recent weeks. With the threat of a government shutdown looming, Congress also reached a tentative agreement for a budget that includes $1.3 billion for the border wall that was one of Trump’s signature campaign promises in 2016 -- though funding continues to face court challenges.
On top of that, a sweeping defense bill cleared the House with several Trump priorities attached, including a new branch of the military called the U.S. Space Force and a policy giving federal employees 12 weeks of paid family leave. Trump declared "all of our priorities" made it into the package.
Wow! All of our priorities have made it into the final NDAA: Pay Raise for our Troops, Rebuilding our Military, Paid Parental Leave, Border Security, and Space Force! Congress – don’t delay this anymore! I will sign this historic defense legislation immediately!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 11, 2019
Senator Mitch McConnell has announced that it is all but certain that President Trump will be acquitted in the Senate and has informed Pelosi that the Senate will not vote on the USMCA until after the impeachment trial.
The trade war between the U.S. and China also appears to be easing, with Trump announcing that China has agreed to a preliminary trade deal, though details have yet to be revealed.
The president also reached a milestone last week, when his 50th federal appellate court judge was confirmed.