Mexico contradicts Trump's tweet of reaching a farm deal

Marco Green
June 11, 2019

US President Donald Trump renewed his threat Monday to slap tariffs on Mexico as controversy erupted over what exactly is in the countries' new migration deal, which the Mexican government admitted would be reviewed in 45 days.

But on Monday, President Trump warned that tariffs were not off the table completely, saying that if the part of the deal which required approval by Mexico's congress was not passed, the tariffs would be reinstated.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment about what Trump was referencing.

The president previously mentioned French wine in a November 2018 tweet, claiming France makes it hard for the U.S.to sell wine in the country. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to share details of closed-door talks.

"He did not provide details but threatened tariffs if Mexico's Congress did not approve the plan", Reuters reported. As a part of the agreement, Mexico not only allows those returned from the United States to stay in Mexico but also must offer them work permits, health care and education, the CBS report says.

Markets were relieved over the deal struck Friday.

What both sides do agree on is that Mexico will deploy thousands of national police to its southern border region to help enforce its own immigration laws.

The Trump administration announced on Monday that Kenneth Cuccinelli will serve as the new acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which oversees the nation's legal immigration system. Mexican officials have described their commitment as an accelerated deployment.

That program, announced in December, would be expanded across the entire U.S. -Mexico border under the terms of the agreement, according to the State Department.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also had no information about undisclosed additional agreements.

Another 2020 candidate, Sen. Without the threat, he has insisted, Mexico never would have acted.

Ebrard said that if Mexico could not contain the migrant flows, other countries might also need to be involved. "But we don't have a specific agreement on agricultural products".

The news comes a week into the neighbors' row over tariffs and border security.

A surge in migration to America's southern border has prompted a series of increasingly belligerent tweets and policies from Trump, including raising the possibility of indefinite detention of those who attempt to seek refuge in the US.

"The administration's efforts to use the threat of tariffs as a weapon to coerce other countries to change their policies is like a game of economic Russian roulette with US taxpayers as the target", said Brian Riley, director of the National Taxpayers Union Free Trade Initiative.

"There is now going to be great cooperation between Mexico & the United States of America, something that didn't exist for decades", he tweeted Sunday. "So we didn't bring it up, but most people know that answer". Following the deal, these tariffs have now been suspended. Trump's announcement came after three days of Mexico-U.S. negotiations in Washington.

"We want to continue to work with the USA very closely on the different challenges that we have together. And one urgent one at this moment is immigration", said Martha Barcena.

"In the meeting with the vice president of the United States, they were insistent on the safe third-country issue", Ebrard told a press conference. Therefore, all talks about Mexico militarizing its border are wrong, she said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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