Trump’s Mexico Deal Based on Agreement Reached Long Time Ago – Report

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According to the document, Mexico will deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to stop thousands of Central American migrants from travelling across the country to enter US territory illegally, among other provisions.

US President Trump’s deal with Mexico signed Friday is centred around an agreement already negotiated over the course of past several months, The New York Times reported Saturday.

According to the New York Times report, Mexico agreed to deploy its national guard during secret discussions with then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Olga Sanchez Cordero, the Mexican secretary of the interior. Nielsen left office in April 2019.

On Friday, the two countries struck a deal, requiring Mexico to deploy its National Guard throughout the country, “giving priority to its southern border”. In return, Trump “indefinitely suspended” the imposition of tariffs on Mexican imports.

Trump hailed the agreement, saying Mexico “will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!”

It is unclear whether “Mr Trump believed that the agreement truly represented new and broader concessions,” or if the president “understood the limits of the deal but accepted it as a face-saving way to escape from the political and economic consequences of imposing tariffs on Mexico,” the Times said in its report.

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