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Secretary of State Pompeo: 'diplomacy at its finest’

Trump threatens more tariffs on Mexico over part of immigration deal

On Monday, president Trump hinted more details were to come about a migration pact the United States signed with Mexico last week, saying another portion of the deal with Mexico would need to be ratified by Mexican lawmakers. Without going into detail, he threatened tariffs if Mexico’s Congress did not approve the plan.

“We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years. It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico’s legislative body,” Trump tweeted.

Pompeo push-back
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back Monday against criticism of the Trump administration's immigration deal with Mexico, calling it a "significant win" for the US.  He disputed reports that Mexico had already agreed to most of the provisions months ago, before last week's frenzied negotiations.

Pompeo also repeated President Donald Trump's claim that there are other undisclosed elements of the agreement, but he declined to provide any specifics.

In that 468-word deal announced Friday, Mexico agreed to increase security along its southern border with Guatemala, where many Central Americans are crossing into Mexico on their way to the U.S. Pompeo said Mexican officials promised to send 6,000 National Guard troops to stop those crossings, the largest such deployment.

Mexico also agreed to expand a U.S. policy in which migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. will be sent back to Mexico to wait for their claims to be adjudicated, a process that can take months.

Source: reuters.com


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