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Trump defends Mexico deal as criticism continues

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    A Mexican Army soldier walks on the highway, near an immigration checkpoint in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, Saturday June 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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    President Donald Trump responds to a question from the media as he walks into the White House, Friday June 7, 2019, on his return to Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Migrants travel from Guatemala to Mexico on a raft, pushed with a pole by its operator who charges his passengers, across the Suchiate River near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, early Sunday, June 9, 2019. Mexican and U.S. officials reached an accord late Friday that calls on Mexico to crackdown on migrants in exchange for Trump backing off his threat to impose a 5% tariff on Mexico’s exports if it did not stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing its territory toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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    A migrant swims from Guatemala to Mexico across the Suchiate River near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, early Sunday, June 9, 2019. Mexican and U.S. officials reached an accord late Friday that calls on Mexico to crackdown on migrants in exchange for Trump backing off his threat to impose a 5% tariff on Mexico’s exports if it did not stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing its territory toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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    A soldier briefly questions a Honduran migrant who just crossed the Suchiate River, Mexico's natural border with Guatemala, before allowing him to go near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, early Sunday, June 9, 2019. Mexican and U.S. officials reached an accord late Friday that calls on Mexico to crackdown on migrants in exchange for Trump backing off his threat to impose a 5% tariff on Mexico’s exports if it did not stem the flow of Central American migrants crossing its territory toward the U.S. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

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    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador waves to the crowd during a rally in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Mexican President Andres Lopez Obrador held a rally in Tijuana even as President Trump has put on hold his plan to begin imposing tariffs on Mexico on Monday, saying the U.S. ally will take "strong measures" to reduce the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, left, speaks with Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard during a rally in Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard has told a cheering crowd near the U.S. border that his country emerged from high-stakes talks over U.S. tariffs "with its dignity intact." (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Published June 10. 2019 08:50AM

STERLING, Va. (AP) — With his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, President Donald Trump was looking to claim victory even as some of his Democratic challengers for the White House criticized him for overselling a deal that mostly ramps up existing efforts.

Trump defended the agreement reached by U.S. and Mexican negotiators to head off the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose Monday as he tried to pressure the country to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the U.S. southern border. But he also dangled the prospect Sunday of renewing his threat if the U.S. ally doesn't cooperate to his liking.
"There is now going to be great cooperation between Mexico & the USA, something that didn't exist for decades," Trump tweeted before spending a second day at his Virginia golf course.
"However," he added, "if for some unknown reason" that doesn't happen, "we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs." Business leaders and many Republicans had urged Trump against the tariffs, warning they would drive up consumer prices, hinder the economy and compromise the ratification of an updated North American trade deal.
The tweets came amid questions about just how much of the deal — announced with great fanfare Friday — was really new. It included a commitment from Mexico, for instance, to deploy its new National Guard to the country's southern border with Guatemala. Mexico, however, had already intended to do that before Trump's latest threat and had made that clear to U.S. officials. Mexican officials have described their commitment as an accelerated deployment.
The U.S. also hailed Mexico's agreement to embrace the expansion of a program implemented earlier this year under which some asylum-seekers are returned to Mexico as they wait out their cases. But U.S. officials had already been working to expand the program, which has already led to the return of about 10,000 to Mexico, without Mexico's public embrace.
"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 time table, but by and large the president achieved nothing except to jeopardize the most important trading relationship that the United States of America has."
Another 2020 candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, chastised Trump for using tariffs as a threat and operating a "trade policy based on tweets."
"I think what the world is tired of and what I am tired of is a president who consistently goes to war, verbal war with our allies, whether it is Mexico, whether it is Canada," he said.
But acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, speaking on "Fox News Sunday" insisted "all of it is new," including the agreement to dispatch around 6,000 National Guard troops — a move Mexico has described as an "acceleration."
"This is the first time we've heard anything like this kind of number of law enforcement being deployed in Mexico to address migration, not just at the southern border but also on the transportation routes to the northern border and in coordinated patrols in key areas along our southwest border," he said, adding that "people can disagree with the tactics" but that "Mexico came to the table with real proposals" that will be effective, if implemented.
Trump echoed the same in his tweets, insisting the deal was being misrepresented and demanding more credit from the press.
"We have been trying to get some of these Border Actions for a long time, as have other administrations, but were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico," he wrote, claiming that if former President Barack Obama had made the deals he has, "the Corrupt Media would be hailing them as Incredible, & a National Holiday would be immediately declared."
He also teased the idea that more was agreed to than was announced Friday, saying that "some things" and "one in particular" that had been left out of the release but would be "announced at the appropriate time."
He could have been referring to discussion about Mexico becoming a "safe third country," which would make it harder for asylum-seekers who pass through the country to claim refuge in the U.S. The idea, which Mexico has long opposed, was discussed during negotiations. But Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has said Mexico did not agree to it.
Mexico's ambassador in Washington nonetheless said her country is committed to working with the U.S. and that discussions will continue.
"We want to continue to work with the U.S. very closely on the different challenges that we have together. And one urgent one at this moment is immigration," said Martha Barcena. She told CBS' "Face the Nation" that the countries' "joint declaration of principles ... gives us the base for the road map that we have to follow in the incoming months on immigration and cooperation on asylum issues and development in Central America."
The U.S., she said, wants to see the number of migrants crossing the border return to levels seen in 2018. U.S. Border Patrol last week announced it had apprehended more than 132,000 people at the border in May, including a record 84,542 adults and children traveling together, straining federal resources and leaving officials struggling to provide basic housing and health care.
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Naturally, the Democrat Candidates would join Team Mexico. These candidates are Team Mexico Cheerleaders, Beto is on top! Undermining of our POTUS continues, even within the Republican Party. When will the America Middle Class awaken? These elite leaders in both parties have us fighting each other, as they destroy the Republic.
By the way, this babe from the AP leans left... just saying. Take all what you read from the Times News, with cautious mind.
The first sentence gives up her cards, “Trump was looking to claim victory...” which leads into the false premise that Trump did this deal with Mexico just for personal credit. That statement is mistaken. Good try to mask the bias Jill. Unfortunately, so many reporters put their “little twist” into a story that causes more harm than good. First, Trump Derangement Syndrome devotees look for any scrap of hate, not bothering to confirm accuracy. Secondly, credibility standards are non-existent for the press. Not much is worth even reading, 1% is maybe worth buying to read, and all has to be scrutinized 100%. Unless you jump on the fake news bandwagon.
Mexico will be the first line of defense. In a sense, their southern wall, policy change, manpower, will be that first line of defense. It will be at Mexico's cost, and all because of the POTUS who has boldness and fortitude. The Mexico deal was amazing. Ha Ha Ha This guy I once despised, is very effective.
America saved by telephoto lens, Joe, and intrepid journalism. Is this crazy or what? This is Trump Derangement Syndrome at it’s best. Enlarged documents indicate President Trump should be impeached for being a liar. Come on Joe Biden! Keep it up! You have been reduced to nothing from hatred and low intellect. You have been played out. Ha Ha. MAGA!
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