New York Times: Mexico had planned most border agreements before the threat of Trump tariffs
Trump agreed to the existing agreements on Friday after the negotiations had been stimulated by his threat to impose growing tariffs on Mexico in response to the multi-day border situation. Talks between Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and State Department officials lasted more than 11 hours on Friday.
The Mexican government had agreed to deploy the National Guard nationwide, with a focus on the southern border – an integral part of Friday's agreement. During secret meetings in March between former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Mexican Interior Minister Olga Sanchez in Miami, Times officials told The Times, in two heavily brokered diplomatic notes exchanged between the two countries , Nielsen announced protocols to protect migrants during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee at the end of December.
A senior government official insisted that the Mexican government agree to keep migrants away from this week's talks faster and more aggressively than ever before.
As Ebrard stated in a press conference following the announcement of the agreement on Friday, the Mexican government did not accept US pressure for a secure agreement with third countries that would require asylum seekers traveling through Mexico to apply for American asylum in Mexico.
"They suggested in the first session (a) to have a third safe state, which is not the case here, which is very important, but on the other hand, we accepted an extended version of (migrants working while processing asylum applications stay in Mexico) and speed up the deployment of the National Guard, "said Ebrard, calling the deal" a fair game. "
Trump presented the Dea A win in two tweets on early Saturday.
"Mexico will make an effort, and if they do, it will be a very successful agreement for the United States and Mexico!" the president wrote in a tweet
. He later continued
: "MEXICO AGREED TO BUY IMMEDIATE AMOUNTS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS FROM OUR GREAT PATRIOT FARMERS!" Majority Chuck Schumer nudged Trump's repeated return to the topic and tweeted on Friday night, "This is a historic night! @RealDonaldTrump has announced that it has reached an agreement to substantially reduce illegal immigration from Mexico and the United States & # 39; Now that this problem is resolved, we certainly will not hear about it in the future. "
On Saturday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Trump accused her of undermining America's prominent leadership role the world by ruthlessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor in the South. "
Congress will blame the White House for" failing to address the humanitarian situation on our southern border. "
Jeremy Diamond of CNN, Maegan Vazquez, Michelle Kosinski and Eli Watkins contributed to the report.