"Mexico took the President's tariff threat very seriously and they're starting to take enforcement of their southern border seriously".
Mexico's foreign minister said Monday that the deal doesn't include any secret provisions. He said they'd be released at the appropriate time as he slammed the openly anti-Trump New York Times over its claims that the deal contained nothing new, only commitments already agreed upon months ago. "They are truly The Enemy of the People!"
"They wanted something else totally different.to be signed", Ebrard said Monday.
He continued to hammer the point that until recently there was no arrangement with Mexico. "I just give you my word".
Pompeo said the agreement "reflects diplomacy at its finest", and described it as "a significant win for the American people" Monday afternoon. The tariffs were slated to go into effect Monday and continue to increase each month, reaching 25 percent by October 1, 2019.
"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. But when migrants come over, they also hop on rafts.
President Trump declined to say if Mexico, as part of their agreement with his administration, will become a safe third country for asylum seekers.
"There is no other thing", he said.
"I would be surprised if he didn't go, I think he is going".
Discussions would take place with Brazil, Panama and Guatemala - the countries now used by migrants as transit points - to see if they could share the burden of processing asylum claims. "But it is more likely that Mexico will make some assurances that will be enough to get Trump to relent, while not changing anything fundamental on immigration".
Speaker Nancy Pelosi got in a shot at Trump's negotiations with Mexico during a talk at the Peterson Foundation Tuesday.
"We trust that the measures we have proposed will be successful", Ebrard said.
The Trump Administration has sought a policy called "safe third country", a dramatic shift in which migrants would be required to seek asylum in Mexico rather than the U.S. Another option would be a regional agreement including Mexico and other Latin American countries to assume responsibilities for asylum-seekers.
He said the tax on those goods would increase each month the problem persisted until October, when it would cap at 25 per cent.
For now, the deal ends plans by the Trump administration to slap a 5 percent tariff on all goods coming into the US from Mexico - something that had sparked fears from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress about the possible economic fallout from such a move.
But Trump has repeatedly suggested there is another secret part of the deal that would require more of Mexico. It's no secret that the USA has been pushing Mexico in this direction for a while (indeed, prior talks that the Times calls "secret" were publicly announced).
The president called the story "fake news" and insisted the deal was brand new.