Trump Slaps Back ‘Fake’ Reports, Delivers Details On New Agreement With Mexico

Saul Bowman
June 10, 2019

The United States and Mexico have struck a deal to avert a tariff war, with Mexico agreeing to rapidly expand a controversial asylum programme and deploy security forces to stem the flow of illegal Central American migrants.

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

In the deal, named as the "U.S. -Mexico Joint Declaration", Mexico vowed to "take unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration" including the deployment of its National Guard.

An analysis published by the Brookings Institution last week said that the tariff would have proven costly, both for Mexico and the United States.

Trump made the Twitter comments from Air Force One as it was returning from Europe to Washington, where Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was meeting with USA officials at the State Department for the third day to discuss U.S. demands for a crackdown on Central American migrants crossing into the USA from Mexico.

The 5% tax on all Mexican goods would have risen every month, up to 25% under Trump's plan, and had enormous economic implications for both countries.

Meanwhile, in another tweet, Trump said Mexico has begun buying large quantities of agricultural products from US farmers but it is unclear whether this pledge is part of the June 7 deal.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in Washington his team had also resisted USA requests to send deported Guatemalans to Mexico.

It also comes amid an escalating border crisis, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection reporting this week that it apprehended or encountered more than 144,000 migrants at the border in May - levels not seen in over a decade. Trump said on Thursday he would decide later this month whether to carry out his threat to hit Beijing with tariffs on at least $300 billion in Chinese goods.

This image from January shows a migrant from Honduras holding a sign that says "no to the wall" in Reynosa, Mexico.

Mexico also agrees to accept more migrants seeking asylum in the US, according to the deal.

Frustrated by a recent surge of migrants that has overwhelmed United States resources on its southern border, Mr Trump had used the threat of tariffs to pressure Mexico into making concessions.

Many economists and political analysts assumed Trump would try to avoid the tariffs, which when added on top of existing and threatened future tariffs on China could have pushed the United States economy closer to recession territory during his re-election campaign.

Trump presented the deal as a win in a pair of tweets early Saturday.

Imposing blanket tariffs on Mexico would make US$347-billion worth of goods more expensive for American consumers, likely trigger retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and sideswipe Canada by disrupting continental supply chains.

Some such as ex-President Felipe Calderon of the conservative opposition National Action Party questioned whether Mexico was truly master of its own migratory policy. It was unclear, however, what - if anything - Mexico had changed.

Democrats remained skeptical after the agreement was announced, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeting (apparently sarcastically) that "n$3 ow that that problem is solved, I'm sure we won't be hearing any more about it in the future". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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