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Trump could target French wine with tariffs

Trump could target French wine with tariffs

But when asked about that deal on Monday, Mr Ebrard said that there had been no additional agreement with the U.S. and that the American president was likely referring to expected growth in trade following the migration deal.

The president did not go into details Monday, but Mexico said it had agreed to discuss one of Trump's top demands, a so-called "safe third-country agreement" - in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than the USA - if the flow of undocumented Central Americans continues.

Washington has "fully signed and documented another very important part" of the immigration deal with Mexico, Trump tweeted on Monday.

Trump defended the agreement reached by US and Mexican negotiators to head off the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose Monday as he tried to pressure the country to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the USA southern border. However, if for some unknown reason there is not, we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs - But I don't believe that will be necessary'.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the measures could be needed if last week's deal between Washington and Mexico fails to reduce within 45 days the numbers of migrants entering Mexico, mainly from Central America, on their way to the US-Mexico border. It has also pledged to reinforce its southern border with Guatemala with 6,000 members of its National Guard militarised police force.

Ebrard also denied the deal contained anything on Mexico buying United States farm goods, after Trump tweeted Saturday that "MEXICO HAS AGREED TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN BUYING LARGE QUANTITIES OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT FROM OUR GREAT PATRIOT FARMERS!"

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

US border officers caught over 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006.

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However, it emerged via the Times that Mexico had agreed to the arrangement in negotiations over the past six months, rather than because of Trump's threat.

"It's just another aspect of what we've done", replied Trump during a brief event on the White House South Lawn honoring the race auto team that won this year's Indianapolis 500 race.

Under the deal, Mexico agreed to bolster security on its southern border and expand its policy of taking back asylum-seekers as the United States processes their claims. "It's all done. They have to get approval", Trump told reporters Monday at the White House, noting that the approval would come from Mexico's legislative body. "We now have Mexico doing more than the Democrats who work behind me on Capitol Hill on securing our southern border", Conway said. -Mexico-Canada trade agreement.

Speaking Monday morning on the CNBC cable channel that focuses on business news, Trump characterized the undisclosed provision as "another powerful tool" to control the surge of Central American migrants headed to the United States, something the USA has been "trying to get from Mexico for 20 years".

When Trump announced the deal Friday night, Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer joked, "This is an historic night!"

His book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America, will be published on Tuesday. That demand was put on the table again by USA negotiators last week, but was not accepted by Mexico.

"He did not provide details but threatened tariffs if Mexico's Congress did not approve the plan", Reuters reported.