Pompeo: Trump's Threat of Tariffs Prompted Deal with Mexico on Migrants

Darnell Taylor
June 11, 2019

But the president is not backing down from his initial threat, warning that should the deal not receive support in a vote from Mexican leadership, he'll go right back to tariffs.

'We have been trying to get some of these Border Actions for a long time, as have other administrations, but were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico'. It's all done. They have to get approval, and they will get approval.

"If for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!" he tweeted.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard dismissed talk of a side deal, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to settle matters.

Officials in the Mexican border states of Sonora, south of the US states of Arizona and New Mexico, and Tamaulipas, south of Texas, said they were unaware of plans to expand the number of border crossings where the asylum seekers must be returned to Mexican territory to await processing.

The US has given Mexico 45 days to reduce the number of migrants crossing its territory on their way to the US.

According to the deal, Mexico agreed to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops along its border with Guatemala.

Ebrard also said there was no agreement between the U.S. and Mexico to buy more agricultural products under the accord, despite Trump saying over the weekend that Mexico had agreed to buy "large quantities" from USA farmers.

"We would start conversations about what they would like, which is for Mexico to become a safe third country", Ebrard said on a Mexican radio programme.

The deal continued to roil Washington.

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Trump said on Monday afternoon Mexico would soon announce an "undisclosed portion" of the deal that would have to be taken up by the Mexican Congress.

"Nothing more than warmed-up leftovers", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat.

"The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", Trump said on Twitter on Friday evening. The president called his use of tariffs to strike a deal a "beautiful thing".

Trump reignited the pressure three days after granting a reprieve from tariffs that he had threatened to apply from this week to force the major USA trading partner to boost measures against illegal immigrants trying to enter the United States. -Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

"While in theory such an agreement would share the burden of refugee flows across several countries, in reality it could significantly worsen the current situation if the designated countries are unable or unwilling to properly accept and integrate the migrants", she said.

When the President imposed strategic counter-tariffs on China, skeptics argued that his trade policy would cause irreversible damage to the USA economy while failing to slow China's menacing economic rise.

"Over time", Mr. Gertz said, "other countries are going to seek to limit their dependence on the American economy, which could harm American economic and diplomatic interests".

"We are your most important market and you are our most important market". "For American businesses, they introduce significant uncertainty: it is hard to make investment decisions in the face of continual threats of new tariffs, even if many of them may not ultimately be enacted".

Since February, however, Mexico has stepped up its immigration interdiction program, and authorities there say they've been more aggressive in assessing members of the so-called "migrant caravans", identifying problem migrants, and deporting them back to Central America.

"If it's the case that we're not making sufficient progress, then there's risk that the tariffs will go back in place", he said".

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