Trump Levels CNN, New York Times While Issuing Warning To Mexico

Cheryl Sanders
June 11, 2019

The Times reported that the deal which Trump announced on Friday "consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months", and that it was not in the main reached because Mexico was responding to the tariff threat. "And yet we charge them very little for French wine", Trump told CNBC during an interview. "We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!"

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Monday gave details of a deal reached with the U.S. to avert the imposition of tariffs on Mexican goods. He said only that there were "a number of commitments made" and both the US and Mexico are now on the clock to prove they can shut off the flow of people. As we've repeatedly said before, it's shameful that the U.S. Congress doesn't make the policy changes that could alleviate the border crisis immediately.

McAleenan said that everything in the agreement was new, including the deployment of as many as 6,000 members of Mexico's National Guard security force, mainly along its southern border with Guatemala.

But he did say his country's Congress, where he enjoys strong legislative support, will hold a special session to ratify the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade, signed last November.

The deal continued to roil Washington.

While some Democrats feared Mr. Trump did too well, clamping down on asylum seekers, others said he accepted an agreement that didn't secure new concessions from Mexico.

The stock markets, relieved that the president's threat of a 5% levy on all Mexican imports was sidelined for now, rose Monday, even as business leaders complained about the damage they said Mr. Trump did by using tariffs as a threat to win cooperation.

Tough luck, Mr. Trump said.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House Tuesday before leaving for a trip to Iowa, didn't provide details of the nature of the agreement.

Mexico has been insistent that it has not agreed to the provision, which would require approval from local lawmakers. "There are no tariffs, there is no threat of tariffs in 90 days", Ebrard said at the Monday morning news conference alongside the Mexican president.

Trump has dangled the prospect of renewing his tariff threat if the USA ally doesn't cooperate to his liking.

The president's unexpected interview came after he made a decision to call into the show and offer up his response to Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Myron Brilliant's criticism of using tariffs as a negotiating tactic.

Mexico is now one of the largest trading partners for the USA, just behind China and Canada.

A day before, Trump said the June 8 report from the paper had been proven to be "shockingly false and untrue", and accused the paper of knowingly publishing it as such.

Ebrard told reporters the talks had focused on migration, not commerce, and hypothesized that Trump was calculating an economic boost resulting from his decision not to implement the tariffs.

The Wine Institute claims that "high tariff rates constitute the single most restrictive barrier to US wine exports", however, the French - known worldwide for their wine - do not import much American wine to begin with.

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