Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump says U.S. to 'do something' about French wine tariffs

Trump says U.S. to 'do something' about French wine tariffs

The President had been threatening to impose tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the USA for months in a bid to encourage the country's government to step up enforcement on illegal immigration.

Tariffs he had threatened to impose today were "indefinitely suspended" after Mexico said that it would send 6,000 national guard troops to its southern border to prevent migrants from Central America fleeing north.

President Trump said it took two days to get what he wanted from Mexico thanks to the tariff threat. It's all done. They have to get approval, and they will get approval. "We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!"

"We trust that the measures we have proposed will be successful", Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters on Monday.

"We do not have a specific agreement on products of that nature", he said.

That includes a commitment by Mexico to deploy its new National Guard to the country's southern border with Guatemala - something the country already meant to do before Trump's latest threat.

President López Obrador's government also said that it would take in several thousand people seeking asylum in the USA while their cases were...

Mr. Pompeo said the number of people affected will rise from "a couple of hundred" a day to "several thousand per day". Instead, Trump has to look to Mexico, and given the blunderbuss weapon he was wielding, the deal that was announced over the weekend is welcome, and better than could reasonably have been expected.

Donald Trump returned to the offensive over criticism of his immigration deal with Mexico on Monday, accusing the New York Times of "sick journalism" for a report which said key components of the deal, announced on Friday, had been agreed for months.

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"The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", Trump said on Twitter on Friday evening. Trump added. "It's not fair". "It was all done because of the tariffs and because of the relationship we have with Mexico", the president told reporters at the White House.

Trump has fired a broadside at France over tariffs on wine. Targets included China and members of the European Union.

But The New York Times, which cited unidentified officials from both countries, claimed the program's expansion was already agreed upon in December and that Mexico had already agreed in March to deploy its National Guard. "These are agreements that Mexico had already made, in some cases, months ago".

Ebrard said he thought Trump might be making a calculation based on Mexican agricultural imports when freed from the threat of tariffs.

Lionel Briand, communications chief for the French Customs office, previously told The Associated Press that the US gets charged the same tariffs imposed on all non-EU countries.

Geoffrey T. Gertz, a fellow on global economy and development for the Brookings Institution, said Mr. Trump was risking foreign trading partners' goodwill by using access to the USA economy as a cudgel.

"I hope so, I think all Americans hope that this strategy of holding these countries' feet to the fire and using American leverage, we clearly had leverage over Mexico and that's how Trump scored a big victory", Stephen Moore said.

Trump is convinced it will result in a deal.

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