US President Donald Trump and his acting Homeland Security secretary defended their new agreement with the Mexican Government to curb migration at the southern border, striking back at Democratic critics - including accusations that at least some parts of the deal predated Trump's recent tariff threats. It also agreed to expand a programme allowing Central American migrants to wait in Mexico while they await the adjudication of their asylum claims.
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A former director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, said it was understandable that Mexico had sought to extricate itself from the tariff bind, but said Mexico ran the risk of more threats from Trump in the future. It included a commitment from Mexico, for instance, to deploy its new National Guard to the country's southern border with Guatemala. Contrary to those arguments, there were no real new measures that Mexico has agreed to in this deal, instead, the best that can be said is that they agreed to get it done faster, how much faster is a question we don't have an answer to.More news: Investigation launched after fire destroys 20 London flats
"I think what the world is exhausted of and what I am exhausted of is a president who consistently goes to war, verbal war with our allies, whether it is Mexico, whether it is Canada", he said.
After the initial tweetstorm, the President is busy at what's fast becoming his weekend White House, Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, but he's sure to update the posts when he's done.
But the two sides agree more action could be taken if within 90 days the measures do not have the desired result of drastically bringing down the numbers of undocumented migrants reaching the USA border from levels that are at a more-than-decade high.
"We think the threats, demands and Trump tweets against Mexico will continue, especially because it's all tied up with the politics of the 2020 election", said Gabriela Siller, an economist at Mexican bank Banco Base.More news: Godzilla: King of the Monsters roars to $179 million global debut
"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".
The talks had been focused, in part, on attempting to reach a compromise on changes that would make it harder for migrants who pass through Mexico from other countries to claim asylum in the United States, those monitoring the situation said.
The deal was announced Friday night. The Mexican foreign ministry's press office declined to comment.
She said the US wants to see the number of migrants crossing the border return to levels seen in 2018.More news: Court removes Moldova President Igor Dodon