Trump May Delay Mexico Tariffs, Aide Says as Trade Talks Resume

Trump May Delay Mexico Tariffs, Aide Says as Trade Talks Resume

Trump May Delay Mexico Tariffs, Aide Says as Trade Talks Resume

The Hill reported on Thursday citing a draft declaration obtained by their website that US President Trump plans to declare another national emergency to impose the tariffs on Mexico over its perceived role in the illegal immigrant crisis in America. But Short said Trump could "turn that off" over the weekend if negotiations "continue to go well". The tariffs, Trump warned, would increase by increments of 5 percentage points every month, reaching a potential maximum of 25% by October.

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Said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, the dean of the delegation, as talks continued Thursday between USA and Mexico negotiators: "Like many, I am hopeful for a positive resolution to these conversations with Mexico that improves the dire situation at our border without negative consequences for our economy". Economic adviser Kevin Hassett said Trump could delay the tariffs, while Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, stressed that "there's still a long way to go".

If the tariffs go ahead, the United States would be in a serious trade dispute with both China and Mexico, two of its top three trading partners.

Mr Ebrard told a news conference afterwards the negotiations had been cordial, but tariffs were not even discussed. But it remained unclear what kind of deal could be struck with Trump out of the country, and USA officials were preparing for the tariffs to kick in barring major Mexican action.

Border Patrol apprehended 132,887 migrants attempting to enter the USA from Mexico in May, marking a 33% increase from the month before.

Of those, almost 133,000 crossed the US-Mexico border illegally, including more than 11,000 unaccompanied children.

But US officials are demanding more.

Ebrard declined to comment on whether the talks at the State Department revisited the so-called "safe third-country" option proposed by the United States, which aims at having Central American migrants fleeing chronic poverty and violence apply for asylum from Mexico rather than in the United States.

Barr said he argued that Trump's efforts to prod Mexico to do more to stem the flow of migrants crossing into the United States deflects attention from congressional Democrats - who Barr said have opposed Trump's efforts to secure the Southern border, chiefly by opposing his bid to build a wall. They are also offering up an asylum overhaul.

US authorities say more than 100,000 undocumented migrants, mostly from the three Central American countries, have crossed into the United States in recent months.

"They've made a lot of progress", she said.

Short hit back Friday at the uneasy Republican lawmakers on Friday.

The president is now trying to win congressional authorization for his new version of NAFTA, and Nancy Pelosi's caucus has said it will block that deal's passage unless the White House gets the Mexican government to embrace stronger enforcement mechanisms for the agreement's provisions on labor standards.

Short said specifically that the administration wants Congress to change U.S. asylum laws that "allow families to basically come across the border and be protected and let go into our United States until the adjudication process completes".

"They want Mexico to stop migrants by all means possible", said Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the Strauss Center at the University of Texas.

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