Trump at Mexico border: The US is 'full'

Trump reiterated that actually closing the border is not currently in the cards, but said he will instead impose 25 percent tariffs on auto imports from Mexico
Trump reiterated that actually closing the border is not currently in the cards, but said he will instead impose 25 percent tariffs on auto imports from Mexico.


United State President Donald Trump on friday paid a visits to the Mexican border to deliver a message to deliver illegal immigrants and asylum seekers that has intention of coming into the state: " don't bother coming ". 

"The system is full and we cannot take you anymore Our country is full," he said at a meeting with border patrol officers and other officials in Calexico, California. "So turn around, that's the way it is."

 Shortly after Trump visited a section of recently refurbished border wall something he wants extended across far more of the US-Mexico frontier and said illegal immigrants had previously been "pouring" in.

 The Golden State trip followed a retreat from earlier threats to close the border, which had sparked fears of serious economic damage.

 Nevertheless, Trump sees his campaign against a "crisis" on the border as key to his 2020 reelection bid, and his time in Calexico was meant to keep that message in the headlines. 

Numbers of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing violence in Central America have risen sharply, although there are enormous political divides on whether this constitutes the "national emergency" that Trump has declared. 

Around 200 protesters, accompanied by a giant inflatable balloon depicting Trump as a baby, were waiting for the president in Mexicali, the town on the Mexican side of the frontier. 

Waving United States of America and Mexican flags, the protesters carried signs with messages such as "Stop separating families" and "If you build the wall, my generation will tear it down." 

 On the US side, dozens of people lined the road that Trump's motorcade took, demonstrating support for his policies. "Build the wall," said one placard. 

Before departure, Trump said that his previous threats to shut down the border had been successful in persuading Mexican authorities to clamp down by stopping migrants on their journey north.

 "Mexico, I actually have been very, very good... over the last four days since I talked about shutting down the border," he said.

 Trump reiterated that actually closing the border is not currently in the cards, but said he will instead impose 25 percent tariffs on auto imports from Mexico if illegal migration and drug smuggling are not controlled. 

Trump also said he could still order the border closed later. "I may
shut it down at some point but i would rather do tariffs," he said. 

 While sounding tough Trump's surprise shift in the week to tariffs from the previous threat to shut the border could be a major descend. 

 For days, the White House had been signaling that he was serious regarding the threat and there was even speculation that he might announce a closing  during his Calexico trip. 

However, the idea caused alarm among economists and Congress, as well as in Trump's Republican Party.

 Mexico is the third-largest U.S. trading partner and any hold-ups at border crossings would have an instantaneous impact on trade. 

 The tariffs idea is also causing confusion. 

On thursday, Trump indicated there would be a one-year deadline for Mexico to improve the situation before tariffs kicked in. However, it was not clear if he meant that both for the drug  smuggling and migration, or whether he wanted the migration issue resolved immediately.

 On Friday, the timing was no clearer. But he appeared to recommend that he would possibly  seek to penalise Mexico at any time he thought the southern neighbor wasn't doing enough.

 "We're planning to shut the border down if we have to. We are planning to tariff the cars, Mexico, if we have to," he said. 

 It was additionally unclear how such tariffs would fit into the countries' deeply intertwined trading relationship, which is governed by NAFTA, a free trade accord also including Canada that is due to be replaced by an updated version called the USMCA. 

Leaders of the three countries signed the USMCA in november after over a year of negotiations. 

 Trump said on  friday that his tariffs would "supersede USMCA.

 It's a great deal, and it's very good for Mexico. But this will supersede USMCA."

 In Mexico city President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged investors to "stay calm." "Our relationship with the government of the united states is extremely good," he said.
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