Trump Claims Victory In Border Deal But Mexico Budges
U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that his tariffs allowed for the Mexico border deal to come through, further hinting about an undisclosed part of the deal, but the Mexican government says everything has been laid out on the table.
According to ABC News, Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard clarified on Monday that there is nothing secret about the migrant deal. "Outside of what I have just explained, there is no agreement. It is an immigration agreement, not a commercial one," Ebrard argued following Trump's tweet.
Trump, for his part, continues to reiterate that there are undisclosed details about the migrant deal. "I don't think they'll be denying it very long," he pointed out. He further explained that the secret component will be disclosed to the public once the Mexican legislature approves.
It is unclear what Trump was referring to since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo only said commitments between the United States and Mexico were made but no details can be disclosed as of writing.
What's clear, though, is that Mexico will deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to the border. Ebrard also clarified that the country did not make any commitments regarding trade products, specifically on agriculture.
In an interview with CNBC, Trump said his tariff threats on Mexican goods entering the U.S. allowed for the agreement to come through. "As soon as I put tariffs on the table, it was done," he told the outlet's, Joe Kernen.
Trump went on to claim that Mexico previously did not respect the U.S. but due to the threat of tax duties on millions of Mexican products, the government yielded to the Trump administration's requests.
For Trump, the deal and negotiations with Mexico will help improve security in the border. The border issue has been a topic of debate among U.S. politicians who support the president's call for enhanced security for the country.
Meanwhile, multiple outlets seemed to debunk Trump's claims about new components to the deal. U.S. outlets argued that there was nothing new in the latest agreement between the two countries.
Trump has been tweeting over the weekend, trying to explain how the U.S.-Mexico deal on Friday had brand-new developments and components. Analysts noted that the promise of sending additional guards to the Mexico-Guatemala border was already made last year.
Other political experts noted that the Trump administration's claims about the border stretching only 150 miles were wrong. Instead, they stressed that the border measured over 500 miles long, with major parts comprising of jungles and mountainous terrains.
Many experts believe the trade damage brought about by Trump's tariff threats will be hard to reverse as both the U.S. and Mexico are large trading partners to the other.