U.S. and Mexico: More talks, no deal yet to avert tariffs

Trump says progress made in US-Mexico talks 'not nearly enough'


Officials from both countries said they did not know if the terms would assuage Trump and alleviate the tariff threat; Trump plans to charge a 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods unless the country can show it will take steps to reduce the flow of migrants streaming to the USA border.

That request from Mr. Trump loomed over the talks Mr. Pence and Mr. Pompeo had Wednesday with Marcelo Ebrard, the Mexican global minister, in step with a senior administration legitimate accustomed to the discussions in the Roosevelt Room on the White Home.

Mexico sent delegations of senior officials to Washington to conduct talks with various United States counterparts throughout the week to halt the introduction of tariffs, so without success.

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Vice President Mike Pence said progress has been made after two days of talks but gave no specifics. "They'll go into effect on Monday", Sanders told reporters in Ireland as President Donald Trump prepared to return home from a European trip. "But something pretty dramatic could happen".

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White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said while the meetings had gone well, "we're still on track for tariffs on Monday". "I am optimistic that an agreement will be reached", he said.

Mexico has long resisted that request.

"We believe that these tariffs may not have to go into effect precisely because we have the Mexicans' attention", Mr Navarro said.

The Vice President said that President Donald Trump "is going to stand firm" until what he sees as an immigration crisis is resolved.

USA media reported earlier this week that officials were discussing a plan to dispatch up to 6,000 troops to the southern border with Guatemala to contain the flow of Central American migrants in order to avoid escalating USA tariffs. The decision on whether to move forward with the tariffs would be up to Trump, he said.

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Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the US Senate Finance Committee, predicted that the United States and Mexico would strike a deal to avert the tariffs.

Mexico is the world's biggest exporter of beer, selling $3.6 billion worth to the USA last year, along with $2 billion in avocados and $2 billion in tomatoes.

Because Washington is so dependent on trade - estimates say it accounts for as much as 40% of all jobs when agricultural operations are factored in - it's not surprising Trump's latest round of tariff proposals as a way to control immigration aren't well received by the state's congressional delegation. "You should anticipate that happening today", he said at the White House.

U.S. -Mexico migration talks will continue on Friday, Ebrard said.

Senators have urged Trump to delay the tariffs until he has returned from Europe and can brief them directly about the strategy - including how the tariffs will impact negotiations over the President's replacement for NAFTA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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With such a plan in place, the United States could send Guatemala asylum seekers to Mexico, and those from Honduras and El Salvador to Guatemala. Those people worry about the negative economic consequences for Americans and believe the tariffs - which would likely spark retaliatory taxes on US exports - would also hurt the administration politically. "Commandeering U.S. trade policy to influence border security is an abuse of power".

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