Mexican officials met with their U. S. counterparts for talks in Washington on Wednesday aimed at averting the imposition of U. S. tariffs on Mexican goods next week, but there were no immediate signs of a rapprochement and both sides said talks would resume on Thursday.
Mexican officials met with their U. S. counterparts for talks in Washington on Wednesday aimed at averting the imposition of U. S. tariffs on Mexican goods next week, but there were no immediate signs of a rapprochement and both sides said talks would resume on Thursday.
Frustrated by the lack of progress on a signature issue from his 2016 election campaign, U. S. President Donald Trump unexpectedly told Mexico last week to take a harder line on curbing illegal immigration or face 5% tariffs on all its exports to the United States starting on Monday, rising to as much as 25% later in the year.
U. S. Vice President Mike Pence chaired the meeting on Wednesday afternoon with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to make the case that Mexico needed to do more to stop a surge in Central American migrants crossing the border.
But with Trump in Europe for D-Day commemoration ceremonies until Friday, a quick resolution had never been anticipated.
“Immigration discussions at the White House with representatives of Mexico have ended for the day. Progress is being made, but not nearly enough!” Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday evening. He said talks would resume on Thursday.
Pence had expected to hear “tangible measures” that the Mexican government was prepared to take “immediately,” a White House official said ahead of the meeting. White House officials were not immediately available for comment afterwards.

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