Trump Calls Off Plan to Impose Tariffs on Mexico – The New York Times
But the declaration by the two countries included an ominous warning as well, stating that if Mexico’s actions “do not have the expected results,” additional measures could be taken. The declaration said the two countries will continue talking about other steps that could be announced within 90 days.
Mr. Trump’s decision to lash out at Mexico last week grew out of his deepening frustration with the surge of migrants that have been arriving at the border, many of them families with children from Central America who are fleeing violence and economic distress in their home countries.
Mr. Trump views the increase in immigration as a direct assault on his political brand and the promises that he made while running for president. He vowed to build a wall across the border and eliminate illegal immigration — two pledges that he has largely failed to deliver as president.
“The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” Mr. Trump wrote just before 8:30 p.m. “Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.”
It was not immediately clear how quickly the agreement would be carried out and whether it would work to reduce the number of migrants flowing across the border into the United States. But the outcome prevents a trade war that experts from both countries had warned could have been an economic catastrophe on both sides of the border.
Mexican officials, led by Marcelo Ebrard, the foreign minister, opened negotiations this week by pledging to send as many as 6,000 additional troops to Mexico’s border with Guatemala in the hopes of stemming the northward flow of migrants from Central America.
But during the negotiations in Washington, which were at times joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, American officials expressed frustration that their Mexican counterparts were not offering to do enough to satisfy Mr. Trump.