On Friday, President Donald Trump announced that a deal had been reached with Mexico that would curb the flow of migrants. In a tweet, Trump claimed that “everyone is very excited” about the agreement, which would also suspend the proposed tariffs that were scheduled to begin at 5 percent on Monday and potentially reach 25 percent by October.
Trump had originally threatened to levy tariffs against Mexico if it didn’t take steps to stem the flow of illegal migrants crossing from Central America and into Mexico, ultimately being destined for the United States. Without a deal, tariffs would have begun on Monday, increasing in 5 percent increments each month until reaching 25 percent in October.
On Friday, according to a report by the Daily Mail, Trump announced that a deal had been reached with Mexico. As a result, the proposed tariffs were suspended.
“Everyone is excited about the new deal with Mexico!” Trump wrote in a tweet.
In another post, Trump exclaimed that “Mexico has agreed to immediately begin buying large quantities of agricultural product from out great patriot farmers!”
“Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!” he added.
In a different tweet, Trump stated that “6000 Mexican Troops” would be positioned at Mexico’s southern border as part of the agreement.
Trump also extended his gratitude toward Mexican officials, writing: I would like to thank the President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, together with all of the many representatives of both the United States and Mexico, for working so long and hard to get our agreement on immigration completed!”
The State Department also indicated a deal had been made in a press release, stating that Mexico agreed to position an “enforcement surge” or troops on its southern border as well as accept the return of asylum seekers who were waiting for the United States to determine if asylum would be granted.