Trump threatens more tariffs on Mexico

Trump threatens more tariffs on Mexico

Washington announced late on Friday that it had reached an agreement with its southern neighbor to curb illegal migration flows from Central America to the United States.

Military police officer observe immigration agents during a search at a checkpoint on a road in Tuxtla Chico, Mexico, June 9, 2019.

The deal's key expansion of a program that would keep asylum seekers in Mexico while their claims are processed was established in two heavily brokered two diplomatic notes exchanged between the two countries, the Times reported.

However, Mexico already agreed to that during secret talks in March.

Trump disputed the Times' story in a series of tweets Sunday morning, writing that his administration, like others before it, had been working toward some aspects of the deal "for a long time", but said they "were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico".

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More than 144,000 people were apprehended after illegally crossing the southern border in May or were refused entry to the U.S. That's the the most in a single month in at least five years; the number has grown every month since January.

President López Obrador's government also said that it would take in several thousand people seeking asylum in the United States while their cases were... "The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended".

Regarding Donald Trump's statement that "his country does not need Mexico, but Mexico does need the United States" Lopez Obrador responded with a smaile and a gesture of peace and love.

Trump had threatened Mexico with tariffs on general goods that could have escalated to 25% by this fall if he did not believe they were acting quickly enough to resolve border security issues.

Lopez Obrador has struck a conciliatory tone with the USA throughout his administration, and has doubled down on that stance since Trump threatened tariffs last week.

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