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Trump renews Mexico tariff threat amid row over migration deal

Trump renews Mexico tariff threat amid row over migration deal

The U.S. -Mexico Joint Declaration released this Friday by the State Department also mentioned no such information, which Trump said that the agricultural deal was included in.

Agricultural trade was one of the clauses of the deal that the USA and Mexico reached earlier on Friday. The president earlier argued that the tariffs were to remain in place until the nation's southern neighbor curbs the flow of migrants, mainly coming from Central America through Mexican territory.

Mexico's ambassador in Washington nonetheless said his country is committed to working with the US and that discussions will continue.

"When will the Failing New York Times admit that their front page story on the the new Mexico deal at the Border is a FRAUD", Trump asked, "and nothing more than a badly reported "hit job" on me, something that has been going on since the first day I announced for the presidency!

During a press briefing Monday, President Andes Manuel Lopez Obrador said avoiding the tariffs was more important than playing political games with Washington.

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.

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

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Asylum seekers from El Salvador and Honduras first pass through Guatemala when fleeing their homes, while Cubans and Haitians often fly first to Panama before heading to the U.S. through Mexico.

McAleenan added that "Mexico came to the table with real proposals".

"We would start conversations about what they would like, which is for Mexico to become a safe third country", Ebrard said on a Mexican radio programme. Officials from those countries did not immediately respond to Ebrard's comments. To curtail illegal crossings, Trump declared a national emergency and diverted billions in Pentagon funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

A total of 24 immigrants have died in US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) custody during the Trump administration, according to an NBC analysis. Cuccinelli, a former attorney general of Virginia, has developed a reputation as a hardliner on immigration.

Mexico had no specific target for the reduction of migrant numbers, Ebrard said. Still, Martha Barcena, Mexico's ambassador to Washington, told CBS News on the weekend there had been discussion of reducing the numbers to levels around those of 2018.

The New York Times reported over the weekend 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.

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.


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