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"The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended".

"It was all done because of the tariffs and because of the relationship that we have with Mexico", he told reporters Monday, following a call-in interview with CNBC Monday morning in which he said officials had "talked about it for months and months and months", but couldn't reach agreement until the threat.

"If we don't have results on what we're doing (in 45 days), we'll start conversations on what they want, which is that Mexico will be a safe third country", he told Mexican radio. "If they don't get approval, we'll have to think in terms of tariffs", he said.

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who led the Mexican negotiating team in Washington last week, said he had rebuffed the U.S. demand for such a measure, but agreed to revisit the matter in 45 days.

"Mexico, in turn", he continued, "has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border".

Asked specifically about Trump's Twitter assertion the Ambassador said that the USA and Mexico share an "integrated economy" in the agricultural sector, with Mexico exporting fruits and vegetables, and the United States exporting grains and meats.

On Saturday, Trump said that Mexico had agreed to "immediately begin" buying "large quantities" of agricultural goods from US farmers.

Mr. Pompeo said the number of people affected will rise from "a couple of hundred" a day to "several thousand per day". "These are agreements that Mexico had already made, in some cases months ago", said Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, speaking on ABC's "This Week".

"Nothing more than warmed-up leftovers", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat.

The deal would also send the Mexican National Guard police force to its own southern border, where many Central Americans enter Mexico. "It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico's legislative body", Trump tweeted. Targets included China and members of the European Union.

Ebrard told a news conference on Monday that Trump was referring to possible further measures to pressure countries other than the United States to share the burden.

"I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico". The 5% tariff threat erected a new hurdle, though the administration says it expects that agreement is still on track.

"On Trade, France makes excellent wine, but so does the U.S. The problem is that France makes it very hard for the sell its wines into France, and charges big Tariffs, whereas the U.S. makes it easy for French wines, and charges very small Tariffs".

He has also dangled the prospect of renewing his tariff threat if the USA ally doesn't cooperate to his liking.

Mexico is now one of the largest trading partners for the U.S., just behind China and Canada.

USA border officers caught over 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006. "There is the concern in Mexico Trump is not going to be quiet for long. It's not fair,"' Trump said.

He said the same tactic will work on others - such as the 25% tariff on more than $200 billion worth of Chinese imports he declared in May, after trade talks that appeared to be nearing the finish line collapsed.

One "senior White House official" is quoted as saying: "The president's insane".



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