Donald Trump claims there’s more to migrant deal with Mexico than he announced but offers no specifics – USA TODAY
President Donald Trump has called off plans to place tariffs on Mexico.
WASHINGTONÂ â President Donald Trump said Sunday that there’s more to his deal with Mexico on tariffs and immigration than he announced two days ago, but he offered no specifics.
Trump tweeted that there were some things Mexico said it would do to curb Central American migration that were “not mentioned” in a description of the agreement put out by the State Department.Â He said those further steps would be “announced at the appropriate time.”Â Â
When pressed in aÂ television interview on whether Mexico agreed to further measures,Â Mexico’sÂ Ambassador to the United StatesÂ Martha BÃ¡rcena said there were “details” that didn’t make it in the official declaration.Â
Trump gave Mexico an ultimatum, demanding that it take stronger action to limit the flow of Central American migrants or he would impose an escalating series of tariffs on the countryÂ beginning Monday.
Friday, he said he was “indefinitely” suspending the threat because of an agreement reached with Mexico.Â
TheÂ New York Times reported Saturday that the steps outlined in the deal were ones Mexico had already agreed to in previous rounds of negotiations.
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The administration said Mexico agreed to take “unprecedented steps to increase enforcement” along its southern border with Guatemala, where many Central AmericansÂ crossÂ into Mexico on their way to the USA.Â Mexico said it would crack down on human smuggling organizations.
When asked about Trump’s tweetÂ on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” BÃ¡rcena said only that there were “details that we discussedÂ during the negotiations and during the conversations that we didn’t put in the declaration.”Â
Saturday morning, Trump tweetedÂ that Mexico reached a deal with the United States to purchase American agricultural goods as part of a larger deal to avoid the imposition of tariffs on Mexican goods.Â
Asked on “Face the Nation” whether there was a newÂ agricultural deal, BÃ¡rcena brought upÂ the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement signed last November, saying it would lead to a dramatic increase in trade.Â Â
She insisted on Twitter that she “did not contradict” Trump.
“I just explained that with no tariffs and the USMCA ratification the trade in agricultural products will increase dramatically,”Â BÃ¡rcena said.
Republican lawmakers praised Trump’s strategy on pressing Mexico, even though many oppose tariffs. On “Fox News Sunday,” Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, called Trump’s actions “brilliant” when asked whether Republican senators would stand up against tariffs.Â
He said the migrant crisis was “out of control” so Trump “had to act.”Â
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Congressional Democrats called the dispute over tariffsÂ a crisis of Trump’s own making.Â
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York wrote on Twitter that “if past is prologue, this is likely to be one of the presidentâs typical, bogus solutions to justify backing off things like the tariffs.”
“Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement releasedÂ Saturday.Â