Trump raises tariff threat anew over secret provision in Mexico deal

Tuesday, 11 Jun, 2019

"Against almost insurmountable odds, President Trump proved his critics wrong once again by getting Mexico to agree Friday to step up its efforts to reduce illegal immigration to the U.S. This is a victory not just for the president but for the U.S., because it will strengthen our national security and uphold the rule of law".

President Donald Trump blasted The New York Times and CNN on Sunday as being "the enemy of the people" in response to reporting that he said was false regarding the deal the administration just secured with Mexico.

Trump, who has called the surge in migrants an "invasion", had threatened to keep raising tariffs against Mexico up to 25% unless Lopez Obrador's government satisfied his demands. And this wasn't even what Trump was demanding; the tariff threat was meant to force Mexico to halt the skyrocketing flow of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers headed to the U.S. -Mexico border.

Trump hailed it as a victory, after a week of terrifying his southern neighbor, whose economy depends heavily on exports to the U.S.

"And on the other hand, we accepted to have a more extended version of (migrants remaining in Mexico during asylum claim processing) and to accelerate the deployment of the national guard", Ebrard said, calling the deal "a fair play".

"The solution can not be found in just closing borders or coercive measures. And one urgent one at this moment is immigration", said Martha Barcena.

Here's what you need to know about the dispute.

Trump was railing against the "Failing" New York Times, which reported on Saturday that most of the terms of his border agreement with Mexico had been decided months before his tariff threat.

Pelosi has repeatedly said that her members "want to get to yes", but only if the agreement resolves their doubts. "The National Guard should be combating drug traffickers, not focusing on stopping children and women who are trying to fulfill their dreams".

"I think what the world is exhausted of and what I am exhausted of is a president who consistently goes to war, verbal war with our allies, whether it is Mexico, whether it is Canada", he said.

Washington and Brussels are preparing to begin negotiations on a trade deal to resolve a battle Trump began past year by putting tariffs on steel and aluminum. But US officials had already been working to expand the program, which has already led to the return of about 10 000 to Mexico, without Mexico's public embrace.

The tariffs also drew unusually strong opposition from Trump's fellow Republicans, especially lawmakers from farm states who anxious about losing their second-largest worldwide market.

A joint declaration released by the State Department said the U.S.

Any plan that called on Brazil, Guatemala or Panama to take in more asylum seekers would require cooperation from those countries.

"Outside of what I have just explained, there is no agreement", Ebrard said at a morning press conference. Immigration activists also have challenged the program in court, arguing that it violates migrants' legal rights.

Currently, migrants seeking asylum at the US border may be diverted to detention centers, makeshift shelters or tent cities while they wait for their claim to be processed.

Democrats denounced the president for taking the United States and Mexico to the brink. Going toe to toe with the Chinese, who've richly earned a tougher American posture, is one thing; leveling simultaneous threats and precipitating spats with allies fosters a sense of chaos and uncertainty that undermines the Trump administration's global reputation as a reliable negotiating partner.