The problem is that nobody has any idea what he's referring to.
The episode revealed the complicated political dynamics at play as Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tussle over who made out best in the agreement hashed out under Trump's threat of new tariffs on Mexico. The joint statement makes no mention of this.
Mexico said Monday it will discuss a "safe third country" agreement with the United States - in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than the USA - if the flow of undocumented immigrants continues.
But now Mexico is being asked about it.
"We trust that the measures we have proposed will be successful", Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters on Monday.
"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. Are trade and agriculture products going to grow?
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So Trump wasn't saying Mexico will import more agricultural products relative to last week; he was saying it will just import more goods relative to what it would have imported if the tariffs had gone into effect, apparently. However, on CBS on today, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, Martha Bárcena Coqui, said only that trade would increase without the tariffs.
Ebrard also said there was no agreement between the United States and Mexico to purchase more agricultural products under the accord, despite Trump saying over the weekend that Mexico had agreed to buy "large quantities" from US farmers. "We have an integrated economy in the agricultural sector". While Trump's plan to impose tariffs on Mexico has been postponed for now, his tactics of using tariffs to negotiate a trade deal with China continues.
On Friday, the tariffs were called off after the United States and Mexico announced an agreement on immigration.
"In the meeting with the vice president of the United States, they were insistent on the safe third-country issue", Ebrard told a press conference. "Yet again "fake news" for Trump just means unflattering news". So they have to talk around it.
However, it emerged via the Times that Mexico had agreed to the arrangement in negotiations over the past six months, rather than because of Trump's threat.
And he said that Mexico was working on a proposal to establish a regional refuge system in conjunction with the United Nations and the governments of Guatemala, Panama and Brazil - three countries that are often starting points for migrants. Mexico agreed to deploy its National Guard throughout Mexico to crack down on human smuggling and trafficking, and expand the implementation of existing "Migrant Protection Protocols", a policy that requires migrants to remain in Mexico while their asylum request in the U.S.is adjudicated.
President López Obrador's government also said that it would take in several thousand people seeking asylum in the United States while their cases were... That's basically the same thing, right?