Listen: Trump tweets deal has been signed with Mexico to avoid tariffs
"Kelley President Trump says he has deal with Mexico on migration that will avert tariffs against Mexico that were due to take effect on Monday. The tariffs were aimed at all Mexican products coming into the United States, delegates from Mexico and the US have been negotiating in Washington all week for more on these negotiations. And what we know about this announced deal. We turn down to NPR's White House correspondent timber Keith, and our Mexico. Correspondent Carrie Kahn, welcome you to glad to be with you. Thank you. Hi, so. All right, Tom. I'm going to start with you. What do we know about this deal? What is the president saying about it? Well, so the president is you say tweeted, he says that the tariffs that were scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday against Mexico are hereby indefinitely suspended and that Mexico has in turn agreed to take strong measures. Now, we also. Oh, have just gotten from the State Department, a US Mexico joint declaration that has a fair number of details in it about steps that Mexico will take that, that Mexico's agreed to take that are making President Trump willing to sign onto this deal and carry. Let me bring you in because you've been following the Mexican side of all this, when the president says they've agreed to take strong measures. Do we know anymore about with what, what the foreign minister of Mexico has been saying what these strong measures are sure he stepped out and read from that announcement that we have now negatives tell you a little bit of what he said, he's that is interesting. The words he said that this will include an increase in force -ment to curb irregular migration, including the deployment deployment of Mexico's national guard. And the way he termed it was throughout Mexico giving priority to at southern border before we had heard that Mexico had pledged to send six thousand national guard troops to the border. Now. Here that it will be a priority also. They he said that Mexico will take decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations and also attack. They're listed financial and transportation network than we've already seen that Mexico arrested two human rights activists that were had participated in planning, and helping in helping an assistance of migrant caravans and also froze, the Bank accounts of twenty six other individuals that had been allegedly participated in my grand caravan financing, so Timur Keith. What's going on here in terms of the politics as we just heard there from Kerry? There are some concessions on the Mexican side, but we also know that President Trump met with a lot of significant pushback from within his own party about these tariffs on Mexican imports. This is not the first time that President Trump has in some ways created a crisis. He has made a big threat in this case it was. A threat to put tariffs on all Mexican goods, a couple of months ago, he was threatening to close the entire US border with Mexico, then he backed off from that saying that he was instead going to give Mexico a one year warning to stop the flow of drugs into the United States that a couple of months later, now we have this threat on tariffs. What's into the playbook? Oh, absolutely. I mean he has the playbook to a T, which is have a crisis or create sort of a crisis situation and then decide the terms by which it is solved. And then say that it is solved. What, what you have to wait and see is whether the number of border crossings comes down the number of people crossing the US Mexico border and being apprehended at the border has been very high for the last three months and President Trump took this step it in a way. It's, it's his style of negotiating and he did it. Again, this time and Kerry from the Mexican point of view. Do we know what the pressure points here was and what made a difference in this negotiation? I think one thing that the US has been pressuring Mexico to do all along as to accept more asylum seekers, when they apply for asylum in the US. They wanted them to come back and wait in Mexico in, according to this announcement that we just had Mexico will authorize the entrance of, of individuals. They say for humanitarian reasons and they will take these asylum-seekers, but they will not become what they said, was the breaking point from Mexico this safe third country where silence seekers would have to apply in Mexico for asylum. Not in the USO. Maybe that's a concession that the that Mexico gone out of this. It's"