Trump calls off proposed tariffs on Mexico, turns threats to China

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2019

The agreement led U.S. President Donald Trump to suspend imposing punitive tariffs on Mexican imports starting Monday, which Ebrard said could cause an "economic crisis" for Mexico.

Trump did not show the document or give any details, but a Reuters photograph of the folded document allowed reporters to read parts of it.

The deal lays out "a regional approach to burden-sharing in relation to the processing of refugee status claims to migrants", the document said.

Trump had threatened to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican products arriving in the US starting this week, but backed off when Mexico pledged to ramp up efforts to block migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala heading north to the U.S.

Trump over the weekend hinted at additional measures between the US and Mexico, after he vowed that Mexico would soon make "large" agricultural purchases from the part of the deal on border security and illegal immigration.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard dropped his previous opposition to that idea in comments on Monday, but said other Latin American countries should share the asylum load with Mexico under such an arrangement.

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He acknowledged that in 45 days if the USA does not assess that progress has been made, the Trump administration probably will ask again for a "safe third" agreement.

Ebrard said this week that Mexico's Senate would need to be consulted about any such changes. -Mexican border say they are fleeing violence and repression.

"The New York Times wrote a story like I already made the deal, it's nonsense, we talked about it for months and months and they wouldn't get there and we just said, hey look if you don't get there we're just going to have to charge you hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes", Trump said. Given that the US immigration system is overwhelmed by asylum requests, the two countries have agreed that some will be resolved on Mexican soil.

Ebrard said there would need to be provisional installations built before rolling out a broader plan to cope with the flow of migrants arriving from Central America.

"I am very happy and satisfied with the agreement reached with the government of the United States. we avoided an economic and financial crisis, it was no minor thing", said the Mexican president. "Mexico is open to negotiations if we fail, but we're not going to fail", he told a news conference. The problem is that France makes it very hard for the USA to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the USA makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs.

Six-thousand Mexican troops are headed south to the Guatemalan border to slow migrants bound for the US.

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