According to new reports, the US and Mexico were unable to reach a deal in a meeting on Wednesday regarding new tariffs which are set to go into effect on Monday.
While details remain scarce, talks between US and Mexican officials reportedly failed, and included Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan.
As President Trump travels through the UK, he has indicated his belief that Mexico will work with the US in order to avoid the 5% tariffs, which came in response to continued illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border.
“Mexico can stop it,” Trump said during his UK trip. “They have to stop it, otherwise we just won’t be able to do business. It’s a very simple thing.”
On Wednesday, CBP announced that during the month of May, nearly 140,000 illegal aliens were detained, making it the third consecutive month in which at least 100,000 illegal migrants were apprehended by US authorities.
From The Hill:
The U.S. and Mexico failed to reach an agreement to avert sweeping tariffs during a Wednesday meeting between top officials from both countries.
The talks at the White House came just days before the Trump administration is set to impose 5 percent tariffs on all Mexican imports, part of an effort to get Mexico to stem the flow of migrants reaching the U.S.
The Trump administration has said the tariffs, which are scheduled to take effect Monday, could increase to 25 percent by October if Mexico does not take more steps to curb illegal migration.
Trump said in a tweet that talks with Mexican officials would resume on Thursday.
“Immigration discussions at the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended for the day. Progress is being made, but not nearly enough,” he wrote, before noting a report issued by his administration earlier on Wednesday that said border arrests in May had hit a record 133,000.
The results appeared to have been released on Friday to put added pressure on Mexico.
“Talks with Mexico will resume tomorrow with the understanding that, if no agreement is reached, Tariffs at the 5% level will begin on Monday, with monthly increases as per schedule. The higher the Tariffs go, the higher the number of companies that will move back to the USA!”
Trump, speaking earlier Wednesday, expressed confidence that Mexico wants to reach a deal to avoid the tariffs but said it must do more to stop the flow of migrants heading to the U.S.
“Mexico can stop it. They have to stop it. Otherwise, we just won’t be able to do business. It’s a very simple thing,” the president told reporters while traveling in Ireland.
“And I think they will stop it. I think they want to do something. I think they want to make a deal. And they sent their top people to try,” he added.
Vice President Pence led the meeting in Trump’s absence, and he was joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard and other top officials participated in the meeting in the Roosevelt Room, which lasted roughly 90 minutes.