Trump Claims 'Biggest Part of Mexico Deal' Not Revealed

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

"There is no other thing", he said. "Right here is the agreement, it's very simple". This is one page, ' he added.

The deal cut between the two nations last week means Mexico will expand a program under which migrants applying for asylum in the United States wait out the process in Mexico.

President Donald Trump may have an agreement with Mexico to commit to more "burden-sharing" on the handling of refugees fleeing violence and poor economic conditions in Central America.

Mexico's foreign minister said Monday that the deal doesn't include any secret provisions.

Such a step would require the Mexican government to consult the Senate on how to proceed, Ebrard said. 'I think they probably got it the probably from somebody who worked here and said how well they were doing. "But if they're not, we're going to have to participate in this kind of discussion". That's the difference. They couldn't get it'.

He continued to hammer the point that until recently there was no arrangement with Mexico.

A major sticking point in last week's talks was a US demand that Mexico be declared a "safe third country" for asylum seekers, requiring them to seek refuge in Mexico if they passed through the country on the way to the United States.

He said the agreement that he waved around would go into affect at his discretion. The tariffs were slated to go into effect Monday and continue to increase each month, reaching 25 percent by October 1, 2019. "I'm going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time", he said as he was leaving the White House to travel to a campaign event in Iowa.

Mr Ebrard also said USA negotiators had wanted Mexico to commit to "zero migrants" crossing its territory, but that was "mission impossible".

'If they bring the numbers way down, we won't have to use it.

Mexican soldiers ride in the back of a pick up truck as they escort the caravan carrying Mexico's Minister of Defense, in Tapachula, Mexico, Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

But even as the president called the agreement "successful", he suggested he may again seek to impose tariffs on Mexico if they fall short of their end of the bargain. "I just give you my word". A lot of people are saying that - good luck.

But on Monday, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard held up a paper and pointed to the previously announced details, including Mexico's deployment of 6,000 troops to its border with Guatemala to thwart the surge of Central American migrants heading to the United States.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi got in a shot at Trump's negotiations with Mexico during a talk at the Peterson Foundation Tuesday.

The President had been threatening to impose tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the USA for months in a bid to encourage the country's government to step up enforcement on illegal immigration.

For now, the deal ends plans by the Trump administration to slap a 5 percent tariff on all goods coming into the USA from Mexico - something that had sparked fears from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress about the possible economic fallout from such a move. "It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico's Legislative body!"

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