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USA and Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs, says Trump

USA and Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs, says Trump

President Donald Trump's deal to avert his threatened tariffs on Mexico includes few new solutions to swiftly stem the surge of Central American migrants flowing over America's southern border.

Trump hailed the agreement, saying Mexico "will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!"

The US president tweeted the news on his return to the White House from D-day commemorations while the Mexican Ambassador to Washington promised reinforced border controls would begin on Monday.

Mexico also agreed to take stronger measures to curb the flow of migrants, including deploying militarised National Guard forces on its southern border beginning on Monday.

Citing National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, Trump added that the deal forces Mexico to implement its own immigration laws rather than relaxing them to allow people to simply pass through the country.

A tax on all Mexican goods, increasing every month up to 25% under Mr Trump's plan, would have had enormous economic implications for both countries.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a separate statement thanking his Mexican counterpart, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard. Border agents detained or turned back more than 144,000 migrants at the southwest border in May, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported Wednesday. Trump has often said unpredictability helps him negotiate.

Earlier this week Ebrard said that was a request Mexico could not accept.

The talks had been focused, in part, on attempting to reach a compromise on changes that would make it harder for migrants who pass through Mexico from other countries to claim asylum in the USA, those monitoring the situation said.

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Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted there was a "good chance" that the USA would reach a deal with Mexico on migration.

President Trump undermined America's preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south.

Americans bought 378 billion USA dollars (£297 billion) worth of Mexican imports previous year, led by cars and auto parts. It was unclear, however, what - if anything - Mexico had changed.

USMCA ratification is already uncertain in the U.S. Congress, and tariffs would make legislators even less likely to approve it. Richard Neal, the Democratic chair of the House of Representatives committee that oversees trade, has also said he would introduce legislation to stop the tariffs on Mexico. Trump, though, moved earlier this year to cut USA foreign aid to those countries, a move even United States officials say is counterproductive.

Mexico had prepared a list of possible retaliatory tariffs targeting products from agricultural and industrial states regarded as Trump's electoral base, a tactic China has also used with an eye toward the Republican president's 2020 re-election bid.

According to the document, Mexico will deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to stop thousands of Central American migrants from travelling across the country to enter USA territory illegally, among other provisions.

The Mexican government reportedly deployed their military to its southern border this week; offering major immigration concessions to the Trump administration to avoid proposed tariffs scheduled to take effect Monday.

"From our perspective of where we are now, it is a result of them backtracking on significant commitments", Mnuchin said.


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