Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
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Mexican Ambassador to US Evades Confirming Trump’s Words About Agricultural Trade

Mexican Ambassador to US Evades Confirming Trump’s Words About Agricultural Trade

Donald Trump returned to the offensive over criticism of his immigration deal with Mexico on Monday, accusing the New York Times of "sick journalism" for a report which said key components of the deal, announced on Friday, had been agreed for months.

He said the US would know within 90 days if the new measures were working, and if they were not, the USA could re-impose tariffs.

"I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico", he tweeted.

The claim was contradicted on Monday by Mexico's foreign minister, who said that Mexico was already planning to send 6,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico-Guatemala border but that, as a result of the deal with the US announced Friday, that deployment is now happening faster.

He also referenced the US expansion of existing Migrant Protection Protocols across its entire southern border, which would mean that those crossing the border to seek asylum will be "rapidly returned to Mexico" while they await the adjudication of their asylum claims.

Mexico rejected that demand, though Ebrard revealed it would go back on the table if Mexico could not stem the flow of migrants heading to the USA border. Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, however, said there was no secret deal was in the works. In return, Trump said that he would not go ahead with a threat to impose escalating tariffs on all Mexican goods entering the US. She said there were many details discussed during negotiations that were not in the written declaration. It's all done. They have to get approval, and they will get approval.

President Trump and White House officials are slamming Democrats as they continue their refusal to solve the ongoing crisis on the southern border.

Geoffrey T. Gertz, a fellow on global economy and development for the Brookings Institution, said Mr. Trump was risking foreign trading partners' goodwill by using access to the USA economy as a cudgel. The Mexican peso rose more than 2% against the dollar.

"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.

Asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras first pass through Guatemala when fleeing their homes, while Cubans and Haitians often fly first to Panama before heading to the USA through Mexico.

Under the deal, Mexico agreed to bolster security on its southern border and expand its policy of taking back asylum-seekers as the United States processes their claims. "If we have to participate in a regional model like the one I have just described, we would have to present that to Congress". Furthermore, the paper reported, U.S. attempts to reject asylum seekers that had traveled through Mexico but not sought refuge there first had failed.

One "senior White House official" is quoted as saying: "The president's insane".

U.S. border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006.

The president said the agreement needs to be approved by Mexico's Congress.

Mexico had no specific target for the reduction of migrant numbers, Ebrard said.

In addition, Mr. Trump claimed that Mexico has agreed to buy American farm goods, a suggestion Mexico's ambassador to the US neither confirmed or denied during an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday. Business leaders and many Republicans had urged Trump against the tariffs, warning they would drive up consumer prices, hinder the economy and compromise the ratification of an updated North American trade deal.

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