Trump said that if his predecessor, Barack Obama, made the deal he made with Mexico, the media would declare a "National Holiday" in his honor. 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.
'Additionally, and for many years, Mexico was not being cooperative on the Border in things we had, or didn't have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very cooperative and want to get the job properly done, ' he continued in the thread. The US announced in December that it would make some asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases were being proceeded - a begrudging agreement with Mexico that has taken months to scale and that has been plagued with glitches, including wrong court dates, travel problems and issues with lawyers reaching their clients.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador tweeted, "Thanks to the support of all Mexicans, the imposition of tariffs on Mexican products exported to the US has been avoided".
Two Democratic presidential candidates said Trump had exaggerated what his tariff threats against Mexico had accomplished.
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USA business groups and some of Trump's Republican allies warned that a trade fight with Mexico would hurt the US economy and lobbied the administration to back down. The agreement expands a controversial program that sends migrants seeking asylum in the United States to Mexico while their cases are being processed and boosts security at Mexico's southern border.
However, on CBS on today, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Martha Bárcena Coqui, said only that trade would increase without the tariffs.
Mexico's ambassador in Washington nonetheless said his country is committed to working with the US and that discussions will continue.
"From our perspective of where we are now, it is a result of them backtracking on significant commitments", Mnuchin said. To date, migrants have been returned at only three of the busiest ports of entry.
"I think it's a fair balance because they had more drastic measures and proposals at the start and we reached some middle point", he said, emphasizing the importance to Mexico of having kept safe third country out of the deal. "We have an agreement that, if they implement, will be effective". Doing so, though, puts the lie to the claim that Trump supporters such as Hugh Hewitt and others have been making since Friday evening when the deal was announced.