McConnell Praises Trump’s Mexico Tariffs After Early Criticism: ‘It Worked’

Marcelo Ebrard speaks during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City Mexico

Gustavo Graf Reuters Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City Mexico

The problem is that France makes it very hard for the USA to sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the United States makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs.

The White House and USDA did not respond to a request for comment, however a senior administration official told ABC News there was a "verbal" agreement, although no specifics were discussed. And Trump would not say during a call-in interview with CNBC Monday morning.

Trump on June 10 also announced there were additional details to the agreement that have been signed already, but needed the approval of Mexico.

He continued to hammer the point that until recently there was no arrangement with Mexico.

He threatened tariffs on Mexico if its legislature doesn't ratify the unnamed part of the agreement.

"I'm not going to say one way or the other, but I will tell you, right here is the story". That demand was put on the table again by USA negotiators last week, but was not accepted by Mexico.

"We would start conversations about what they would like, which is for Mexico to become a safe third country", Ebrard said on a Mexican radio programme.

He said that one thing not mentioned in "yesterday press release", presumably referring to Friday's announcement, didn't include one item "in particular" that was agreed upon but not announced yet.

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He did not clarify what that might look like.

It's no secret that the USA has been pushing Mexico in this direction for a while (indeed, prior talks that the Times calls "secret" were publicly announced).

The deal, in part, according to a joint declaration issued Friday after a meeting between Trump and Lopez Obrador, said Mexico agreed to deploy 'its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border'. Mexico, however, had already meant to do that before Trump's latest threat and had made that clear to USA officials.

Mr Ebrard said the USA side also wanted to designate Mexico as a "safe third country", which would have required Mexico to take in asylum seekers heading for the United States and process their claims on its own soil.

"The president has completely overblown what he reports to have achieved. These are agreements that Mexico had already made, in some cases months ago", said Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, speaking on ABC's "This Week".

"They might have accelerated the timetable but by and large the president achieved nothing except to jeopardize the most important trading relationship that the United States of America has". "For American businesses, they introduce significant uncertainty: it is hard to make investment decisions in the face of continual threats of new tariffs, even if many of them may not ultimately be enacted".

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years". Other administration officials have said success will be judged on how many migrants show up at the USA border.

Later on Monday, however, Ebrard also said that Mexico would begin talks about a possible "safe third country" agreement if migration at Mexico's southern border did not decrease within the 45 days. If implemented, the tariffs would have been disruptive at a time when USA growth is perhaps slowing, been an economic gut-punch to an allied country whose stability is important to us, and probably precipitated a congressional revolt against the policy.

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