Trump renews threat against French wine

Andrew Cummings
June 11, 2019

For days, President Trump threatened to authorize tariffs on all Mexican products traveling across the southern border unless Mexico's government undertook more efforts to reduce migration from Central America, including tightening its border with Guatemala.

The Mexico Daily News reported over the weekend that the Mexican government will build barracks just north of the Guatemala border in Suchiate, Chiapas, that will be used to house National Guard troops.

President Donald Trump on Monday afternoon continued to tease an unannounced agreement between the USA and Mexico, despite the Mexican Foreign Minister's declaration that there was no secret or outstanding deal between the two nations.

The agreement that suspended Trump's plan to tariff Mexican goods by 5% percent was the focus of a few of his tweets Saturday.

"If for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!" he tweeted.

Last week, the nations signed a last-minute deal to avert the implementation of the tariffs Trump slapped on all Mexican goods.

Ebrard said Friday that the promised deployment of 6,000 officers from Mexico's newly created National Guard to the southern border would begin Monday.

But he could have been alluding to the idea of Mexico becoming a "safe third country", which would make it harder for asylum-seekers who pass through the country from other places to claim refuge in the U.S.

US President Donald Trump has declared "We have great wine, too".

"Though this leaves us more or less back where we started, these episodes do still have real costs for the USA", he said. Without the threat, he has insisted, Mexico never would have acted.

During an interview with Fox and Friends Monday morning, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway argued Democrats are doing less than Mexican officials to take action. Furthermore, the paper reported, U.S. attempts to reject asylum seekers that had traveled through Mexico but not sought refuge there first had failed.

Mr Ebrard said the agreement reached on Friday after days of "most hard negotiation" bought Mexico time to show it could succeed in driving down the number of migrants.

Ebrard told a news conference on Monday that Trump was referring to possible further measures to pressure countries other than the United States to share the burden.

"If we didn't have (the threat of) tariffs, we wouldn't have made a deal with Mexico", Trump told CNBC on Monday.

"In the meeting with the vice president of the United States, they were insistent on the safe third-country issue", Ebrard told a press conference.

Marta Barcena Coqui, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, said in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that Mexican officials had agreed to take steps to reduce illegal immigration "to previous levels that we had maybe past year or in 2018".

Markets breathed a sigh of relief over the deal struck on Friday.

The New York Times reported recently that officials from the USA and Mexico said several terms in the new pact were actually agreed to last December, not in last week's negotiations between the two countries, a report Trump dismissed. That demand was put on the table again by USA negotiators last week, but was not accepted by Mexico.

The episode revealed the complicated political dynamics at play as Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador tussle over who made out best in the agreement hashed out under Trump's threat of new tariffs on Mexico.

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