President Trump and his Deputy Homeland Security defended Sunday his new agreement with the Mexican government to curb migration on the southern border, beating Democrat critics – including allegations that at least some parts of the country's population are at risk Deals were ahead of Trump's recent tariff threats.
In a row Trump said that Mexico was "not cooperative on the border" before the deal came off on Friday. Now he said, "I have every confidence, especially after I spoke to their president yesterday, that they will be very cooperative and want to do the job properly."
He also said he could reintroduce tariffs if Mexico does not do what it says it does. Some aspects of the agreement, he added, have yet to be announced – "one in particular," he said, "will be announced in due course." Meanwhile, Acting Minister of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said Trump's tariff threats would have garnered a 5 percent royalty on Mexican goods as of Monday, increasing to as much as 25 percent over several months, with a breakthrough.
"The President has filed an indictment of the customs risk throughout this entire dialogue with Mexico. brought them to the table, "McAleenan said in an interview with" Fox News Sunday, "noting that Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard" arrived within hours "to start talking about migrants across their territory toward the southern US border It has also been agreed to extend a program that will allow Central American migrants to wait in Mexico to decide on their asylum applications.
"People can use the tactics disagree, "McAleenan added," Mexico came to the table with real proposals, and we have an agreement that will be effective if implemented. "
Two Democratic presidential candidates said Trump had exaggerated what his tariff threats against Mexico, and they repeated a New York Times report alleging The Mexican government has already agreed to several terms of the agreement before Trump publicly announced the prospect of tariffs.
Beto O & Rourke, a former congressman, said in an interview on ABC's "This Week", "They might have been able to accelerate the timetable, but the president has by and large achieved nothing except the United's main trade relations States of America. "
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Also said Trump had revised previous agreements with Mexico in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" to explain the success of the trade crisis.
"I think what the world is tired of, and I'm sick of having a president who goes to war consistently and verbally with our allies," Sanders said, adding that Trump is embarking on a comprehensive immigration reform should focus. "We need a good relationship with Mexico. Like Canada, they are our allies. We should not deal with them every other day.
Trump suggested in his tweets to The New York Times that the deal was not brand new and also pointed out that the tariffs could be back on the table if the Mexican government does not consider the end of the deal.
"There will now be a great cooperation between Mexico and the US that has not been around for decades," he said. "However, if for some unknown reason. , , there is not, we can always return to our previous, very profitable position of tariffs. "
McAleenan reiterated this assessment, saying that the threat of tariffs" is a mechanism to ensure that they do what they promise to do, that there is an actual result that we will see a tremendous reduction in this [migrant] See numbers.
Republican lawmakers appeared to be facilitated in talk show appearances on Sunday.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, expressed concern over tariffs before the deal On Sunday, he had nothing but praise for Trump.
"Republicans understand that tariffs are attacks on American consumers, and we do not want them to be introduced in the long term, and I believe that President Trump is doing the same He said on "Fox News Sunday." "He uses tariffs as leverage in trade negotiations, and I think he used them as a lever in this situation, honestly."
Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C. ), who talked about Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures," defended Trump, urging a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
"The Republicans must give the president a lot of play "Tillis added that if the legislature grants Trump some" unorthodox "options for negotiating trade agreements, then America wins. "meets the eye, while arguing that the customs threat that led to it was ruthless, calling on Trump to hold talks on a bipartisan immigration law.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y. ), said the deal was "probably one of the president's typical pseudo-solutions" to justify its withdrawal from the country, which triggered a fierce backlash between business interests and many Republicans, adding that the provisions of the agreement "probably have little impact on solving the root causes of Central American migration, since many of the components are things that Mexico is already doing. "
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Trump" has led America's leadership in the United States. " Undermining the world by recklessly threatening our close friend and neighbor in the South to raise tariffs
"Threats and tantrums are not a way to negotiate foreign policy," she said.