Trump renews Mexico tariff threat amid row over migration deal

Trump renews Mexico tariff threat amid row over migration deal

Trump renews Mexico tariff threat amid row over migration deal

Trump and his Republican supporters hailed the deal as a major breakthrough, but the Democrats sharply criticized his frequent resort to tariff threats and said numerous Mexican concessions were made months ago.

But Trump warned that if there is a problem and the "approval is not forthcoming", tariffs against Mexican imports will be reimposed.

The president commented on the issue as he recognized the victor of the Indy 500 race at the White House.

The New York Times reported Saturday that most of the measures that Mexico signed on to in Friday's deal had already been agreed upon in prior negotiations.

"France charges us a lot for the wine and yet we charge them very little for French wine", Trump said on CNBC.

"We need a decent relationship with Mexico", added Sanders, who is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

"They might have accelerated the timetable, but by and large the president achieved nothing except to jeopardize the most important trading relationship that the United States of America has".

"We trust that the measures we have proposed will be successful", Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, told reporters Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday his administration will release additional details of its agreement with Mexico as he denied a news report that there were no new major commitments made by Mexico to stem a flow of Central American migrants at the U.S. southern border. But the Mexican government had already pledged to do that in March during secret talks in Miami between Kirstjen Nielsen, then the secretary of homeland security, and Olga Sanchez, the Mexican secretary of the interior, the officials said.

Former World Trade Organisation head Pascal Lamy called Mr Trump's approach to coercing its neighbour and ally "hostage-taking", reflecting widely held concerns in Mexico that the US President will return with more threats to extract greater concessions.

Trump, who has called the surge in migrants an "invasion", had threatened to keep raising duties up to 25% unless Mexico did more to curb it.

"Because President Trump emerges as a clear victor from his week-long confrontation with Mexico over our neighbor's lax enforcement of its southern border, reflexive Trump critics will scramble to find some way of containing what is a clear Trump triumph, which came with assists by Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who conducted the key negotiations". "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". Business leaders and many Republicans had urged Trump against the tariffs, warning they would drive up consumer prices, hinder the economy and compromise the ratification of an updated North American trade deal.

But Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Monday that there are no secret agreements between the two countries, and that what the governments committed to is to evaluate progress in 45 days and return to talks if the flow of migrants at the US border does not diminish.

Activist Luis Rey Villagran said the deal criminalizes migration.

He has called for denying citizenship to USA -born children whose parents are in the country illegally, and authorized law enforcement officials to investigate the immigration status of anyone they stopped.

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