Trump Nixes Plans For Mexican Import Tariffs After Reaching Immigration Deal

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during the National Association of Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

Hours earlier, the President had tweeted, "We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years".

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 United States - if the flow of undocumented Central Americans continues.

There was no specific migration reduction target, Ebrard said, noting that when he began talks in Washington last week to defuse the tariff threat, the USA government wanted Mexico to accept a "safe third country" agreement over migration. "If for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!" he said.

Last week, the nations signed a last-minute deal to avert the implementation of the tariffs Trump slapped on all Mexican goods.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday that measures agreed with the United States last week to stem the flow of US -bound migrants entering Mexico from Central America will be evaluated after 45 days. It included a commitment from Mexico, for instance, to deploy its new National Guard to the country's southern border with Guatemala.

When pressed by CBS News's Margaret Brennan, though, on whether increased US agricultural exports are actually a part of the deal, the ambassador again tried to put a good face on Trump's claim.

Trump echoed the same in his tweets, insisting the deal was being misrepresented and demanding more credit from the press.

"High tariff rates constitute the single most restrictive barrier to USA wine exports", the group says on its website. "There is the concern in Mexico Trump is not going to be quiet for long".

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment about what Trump was referencing.

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But the deal announced Friday made no mention of the issue. And now he appears to be doing just that, hinting that Mexico has secretly agreed to new rules that would mean asylum seekers wouldn't be in the United States while they await a ruling.

Mr Ebrard said the agreement reached on Friday after days of "most hard negotiation" bought Mexico time to show it could succeed in driving down the number of migrants.

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

Trump announced on May 30 that a 5 per cent tariff on all Mexican imports to the USA would go into effect on June 10 and eventually increase to as much as 25 per cent by October.

While he did not go into detail, Ebrard suggested that asylum seekers might have to seek refuge in the first country they reached after leaving their homeland.

The New York Times reported recently 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.

But Trump said on Monday he would go ahead with the proposed tariffs if Mexico's Congress did not back part of the deal that may need politicians' approval.

Mexico rejected that demand, though Ebrard revealed it would go back on the table if Mexico could not stem the flow of migrants heading to the US border.


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