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

Andrew Cummings
June 11, 2019

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years".

A surge in migration to America's southern border has prompted a series of increasingly belligerent tweets and policies from Trump, including raising the possibility of indefinite detention of those who attempt to seek refuge in the US. "Additionally, and for many years, Mexico was not being cooperative on the Border in things we had, or didn't have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very cooperative and want to get the job properly done".

Mr. Trump announced Friday he would suspend his threat of a tariff, starting at 5 percent and rising as high as 25 percent, after reaching an agreement with Mexico on border security.

"We do not anticipate a problem with the vote", Trump said on Twitter, but threatened that if the measure fails there, he will once again return to his threat of imposing new tariffs on Mexican goods.

Acosta writes that when Trump began his attacks on "fake news" outlets including CNN, the Times, the Washington Post and more, it was an act conceived by adviser Steve Bannon in the absence of effective Democratic opposition.


Mexico and the United States agreed to keep talking about further possible measures to address the crisis and would make announcements on the matter after 90 days.

The pact calls for Mexico to dispatch 6,000 troops to its border with Guatemala to halt the flow of migrants from there, Honduras and El Salvador, while giving the United States new authority to force asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their legal cases in the United States are pending.

But as of Sunday night, USA -bound asylum seekers were not yet being sent back to additional Mexican border towns, three Mexican officials said.

Under such safe third country status, that country for many Central American migrants fleeing poverty, violence and corruption in their native countries would be Mexico.

Critics have said there have been no new major commitments to slow the migration of Central Americans to the United States.


"This is likely to have only a small impact on solving the root causes of Central American migration because numerous components are things Mexico had already said they would do", Schumer said on Twitter.

On Saturday, Trump said that Mexico had agreed to "immediately begin" buying "large quantities" of agricultural goods from USA farmers.

Mexican officials have not confirmed any new agreement on agricultural products. However, on CBS on today, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Martha Bárcena Coqui, said only that trade would increase without the tariffs.

She noted Mexico was already a top US trade partner in agricultural products.

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years".


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